Why Focus On Women Empowerment?
United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) have been adopted by global economies to attain sustainable progress by 2030, ensuring that the growth, across the globe, is sustainable and leaves no section of the society behind.
Gender discrimination and inequality have plagued our society for long. Gender equality is a fundamental right and imperative to tackle pressing global issues. It is important to ensure that not only are our women treated as equals but are also empowered and feel a sense of self-sufficiency. Gender equality is significant to realise the goals of sustainability, peace and human progress.
In 2017, Indonesia ranked 104th out of 120 countries in the UNDP’s gender inequality index report. This should be discussed and needs to be fought not only by women, but also men.
WOMEN EMPOWERMENT IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
“Achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment is integral to each of the 17 (Sustainable Development Goals) goals. Only by ensuring the rights of women and girls across all the goals will we get to justice and inclusion, economies that work for all, and sustaining our shared environment now and for future generations,” as stated on UN Women website.
“The 2030 Agenda is clear: Development will only be sustainable if its benefits accrue equally to both women and men and women’s rights will only become a reality if they are part of broader efforts to protect the planet and ensure that all people can live with dignity and respect,” reads ‘Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 agenda’, a UN Women report.
WOMEN EMPOWERMENT IN INDONESIA
“Indonesia intent on more women leaders, fewer maternal deaths and eliminating gender-based violence,” reads UN Women webpage on Indonesia, adding that the country “seeks to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls by informing all stakeholders in the family and community, including men, about combatting this heinous crime”.
Indonesia is committed to increasing the participation and representation of women in its leadership roles. The country also prioritises reducing maternal mortality by expanding access to reproductive health services.
All 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) involve an action plan towards providing a better quality of life and empowerment to the females of the world. UN SDGs also converge with Indonesia’s ‘Nine Aspirations’ or national development goals called Nawa Cita laid down by the Indonesian President Joko Widodo.
The United Nations, under its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), takes initiatives and strikes partnerships to support women empowerment and eradicate gender inequality across the globe.
HERE ARE SOME FACTS ABOUT GENDER DISPARITY
As per UN estimates, it will take nearly 70 years to achieve equal pay if no decisive action is taken to bridge the current gender pay gap.
- 49 countries have no laws that specifically protect women from violence, with no legislation for domestic violence.
- Women continue to do 2.6 times the unpaid care and domestic work that men do.
- 45 countries have no legislation that specifically addresses sexual harassment
- 37 countries exempt rape perpetrators from prosecution if they are married to or subsequently marry the victim
- In 18 countries, husbands can legally prevent their wives from working;
- In Indonesia, the fight against gender inequality involves curbing maternal mortality rate and violence against women.
WOMEN EMPOWERMENT AND ARTEMIS IMPACT
We at Artemis Impact, aim to identify similar programmes and projects, channelise people volunteering in the women empowerment sector in Indonesia and connect them for measurable results. Artemis Impact aims to connect volunteers with NGOs in Indonesia’s women empowerment sector.