GENDER EQUALITY – SDG 5

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

       While the world has achieved progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment under the Millennium Development Goals (including equal access to primary education between girls and boys), women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence in every part of the world.Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.Providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large.

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Our View:

Collegiate Congress is an organization of action, not of vague statements and platitudes. One of the co-founders of Collegiate Congress a woman. Women have served as advisors to Collegiate Congress and the founding year of the Governing Council was made up of a majority women. Collegiate Congress’ Executive Director is a woman. Our research team is a team of women from three different countries. We listen, recruit and value women’s voices and opinions. However, since 2015, New York student leadership and youth leadership has seen a decline of women in leadership roles. Collegiate Congress raised this decline as an issue to academic institutions. We have since then been campaigning for an increase of women in student government and student senate. We have also proposed the same to youth and college level political organizations. We are still actively pursuing this goal. The gender parity of our organizations and our active recruitment of women speaks for what we stand for. We were an active participant of Women’s Day, hosting several women-focused forums across NYC educational campuses.

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