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.
The Master Plan for SDG 5
Gender equality is a growing concern around the world. Collegiate Congress staunchly supports the United Nations and all UN Member States efforts to bridge any disparities between genders. Our ideas and strategies about reducing inequality are unique compared to any others out there. We have been raising our voices in the public domain and even at the United Nations that gender equality is attainable with cultural change and education. However, we do not encourage stripping people of their cultures, but transforming the young generations through education.
- Leadership Reservation: The student leadership of a university/college, must reserve the Vice President or the second leadership title of the organization for a woman. This doesn’t mean women are limited to only this position, they are still encouraged to run for leadership at every level. This strategy will encourage women to participate in campus leadership and get them involved in social and political activities. This will help dismantle the stereotype that politics and activism are men’s activities.
- Celebrate United Nations Women’s Day: Campuses should host a forum with women leaders (in politics or in diplomacy) at their academic institution. This forum will talk about women’s roles in the social and political sector.
- Literacy Movement: Student leaders will adopt a village and reach out to the families with girls. This is to educate girls who are denied schooling or their fixed to households. We believe education is the best weapon to empower and bring them into equal status. This plan will also be incorporated with United Nations Literacy Day. By developing a partnership with local governments, student leaders from around the world will be tasked with visiting and conducting outreach. We will try to collaborate this with UNICEF.
“Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance.”