Women have a critical role to play in all of the SDGs, with many targets specifically recognizing women’s equality and empowerment as both the objective, and as part of the solution. Goal 5 is known as the stand-alone gender goal because it is dedicated to achieving these ends.
Women have a right to equality in all areas. It must be embedded across legal systems, upheld in both laws and legal practices, including proactive measures such as quotas. Since all areas of life relate to gender equality, efforts must be made to cut the roots of gender discrimination wherever they appear.
UN Women works to empower women and girls in all of its programs. Advancing women’s political participation and leadership and economic empowerment are two of the entity’s central goals. UN Women supports more women to get on ballots, attain political office and go to polls to vote. We assist women to secure decent jobs, accumulate assets, and influence institutions and public policies, while underlining the need to recognize, reduce and redistribute the burden on women for unpaid care. We promote women’s role and leadership in humanitarian action, including in conflict-prevention and efforts to ensure peace and security. We advocate for ending violence, raise awareness of its causes and consequences and boost efforts to prevent and respond, including ensuring the rights of women living with HIV. We also work to ensure that governments reflect the needs of women and girls in their planning and budgeting, and engage men and boys, urging them to become champions of gender equality, including through our HeForShe initiative.
ABOUT NATIONAL CAPITAL CHAPTER
The National Capital Chapter is one of thirteen chapters in the United States working to support the US National Committee's mission of "working toward a world where women live free from violence, poverty and inequality."
Together with the U.S. National Committee for UN Women, the National Capital Chapter raises funds and awareness to support UN Women’s projects around the world, enhancing women's economic and security rights, ending violence against women, reducing the prevalence of HIV/AIDS among women and girls, and advancing gender justice in democratic governance in stable and fragile states.
Interested in volunteering and learning more about the National Capital Chapter? National Capital Chapter board members and volunteers hold monthly meetings each month. If you are interested in attending please email nationalcapital@unwomen-usnc.
Board of Directors
CeCe Cole, President