Gender Equity: Women can, and do, play a vital role in driving the robust, shared growth needed to end extreme poverty and build resilient societies. But in many parts of the world, their potential, participation, and productive capacity are sorely undervalued and untapped.
While women are on average living longer, healthier lives than even a decade ago, too many women and girls still lack basic rights, freedoms, and opportunities, and they face huge inequalities in the world of work. They typically have far fewer assets, farm smaller plots, work in less profitable sectors, and face discriminatory laws and norms that constrain their time and choices.
Gender-Based Violence (GBV): Affecting as many as one in every three women, GBV is a global epidemic, which includes serious violations against women and girls, but also those directed against men and boys. GBV comes in many forms—physical violence, rape and other forms of sexual assault, child marriage and any type of forced marriage; female genital mutilation, human trafficking, and even denying someone basic services on the basis of their gender. GBV knows no socio-economic or national boundaries, and has a negative impact on a nation’s well-being. Promoting gender equity and preventing gender-based violence is key to building a better, more inclusive future for everyone in Ethiopia, Sudan and South Sudan.
To make gender equality a reality and end gender-based violence, every opinion counts. Tell us, in no more than 600 words: What will it take to promote gender equity and end gender-based violence in your country?