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SDG 5: Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. SDG Index and Dashboard. Face the facts: Gender Equality. Back to main Face the Facts page Download in Word In recent decades, women in Australia have made significant strides towards achieving equality with men.

Face the facts: Gender Equality

At universities, in workplaces, in boardrooms and in government, a growing number of women have taken on leadership roles, forging pathways for other women and girls to follow. In 1984, the Sex Discrimination Act came into force, making it against the law discrimination to discriminate against someone on the basis of gender, sexuality, marital status, family responsibilities or because they are pregnant. Equal Pay is 118 Years Away. The Global Gender Gap Report is in.

Equal Pay is 118 Years Away

And it makes for grim reading. Whilst patrons of the patriarchy protest that progress is being made, the statistics show that women are only earning what men earned ten years ago. That particular statistic is published alongside the equally depressing line, “progress towards wage equality and labour force parity has stalled markedly since 2009/2010.” A press release for the report explains that the worldwide gender pay gap has closed by only 4% in the last ten years and predicts that it will take another 118 years (or by 2133) to actually close the gap. So unless you’re planning on being cryogenically frozen, earning less that people with penises is a life sentence. Whilst no country has closed its gender gap entirely, Scandinavian countries are once again leading the way.

The Global Problem of Gender Inequality. Egregious gender inequality still exists globally despite of substantial national and international measures that have been taken towards gender equality.

The Global Problem of Gender Inequality

Only four out of over 135 nations have achieved gender equality including Costa Rica, Cuba, Sweden, and Norway. Yemen was scored the lowest across all dimensions. Measures of gender equality include access to basic education, health and life expectancy, equality of economic opportunity, and political empowerment. Although there have been evident progresses, many alarming issues regarding gender discrimination still prevail today; therefore, total gender equality must be made a global priority as a fundamental step in both human development and economic progress. Women wage war against ‘sexual terrorism’ Sexual harassment victim Yasmin Baramawi speaks to AFP about her assault whle she was taking part in a Tahrir Square demonstration. — AFP CAIRO — Faced with a spike in sexual violence against female protesters, Egyptian women are overcoming stigma and recounting painful testimonies to force silent authorities and a reticent society to confront “sexual terrorism.”

The victims of the attacks have been talking openly about their ordeals, insisting they will not be intimidated by a campaign they believe is aimed at shunning them from public life. “We are not victims, we are revolutionaries. What happened to us has made us stronger and we will continue” to take to the streets, said activist Aida Al-Kashef. WOMEN EMPOWERMENT THROUGH SKILLS DEVELOPMENT. The Voice & The Veil: Egypt's Revolutionary Women. CAIRO, Egypt — The Tahrir Square atmosphere in early 2011 that led to the fall of Hosni Mubarak provided a glimpse of an Egypt that could be.

The Voice & The Veil: Egypt's Revolutionary Women

Despite the odds against, a vibrant and multifaceted women’s rights movement continues to grow in post-Tahrir Egypt. But now, after Mubarak, after the elections which brought the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi into power, and after the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) disbanded the already shaky parliament (which only had eight women, out of over 500 seats) in a “soft coup,” the feminist situation may be more precarious than before the revolution.

In the cradle of Egypt’s revolution, women will no longer be silenced. Egyptian women marching for their rights at a recent protest Nadine Saleh has spent most of her life wishing that she could walk down the streets of Cairo without fear of being sexually harassed.

In the cradle of Egypt’s revolution, women will no longer be silenced

By the end of 2010, she had all but given up hope. And then came the January 25 revolution. Nadine was 14 years old when her parents first told her that she could not go to the local store in an up-scale Cairo neighbourhood alone. But on January 26 2011, the 21-year-old university student snuck out and headed to Tahrir Square with her best friend. “I realized that the power for change is within us,” says Nadine enthusiastically, “it was time for our voices to be heard.” Empowering Women as Key Change Agents.

Attitudes to gender equality and violence against women. Gambia and Tanzania outlaw child marriage. The Gambia and Tanzania have banned child marriage, with tough penalties for those who breach the rulings.

Gambia and Tanzania outlaw child marriage

Gambia's President Yayha Jammeh announced that anyone marrying a girl below 18 would be jailed for up to 20 years. In Tanzania, the high court imposed a landmark ruling outlawing marriage under the age of 18 for boys and girls. Women seek pay rises as much as men - with less success. Image copyright PA The theory that women get paid less than men because they are not sufficiently pushy in the workplace is not true, a new study suggests.

Women seek pay rises as much as men - with less success

Women are as likely as men to ask for a pay rise - but are less likely to get one, the research found. At America's Largest Companies, Just 7 Percent Of CEOs Are Women. Better job protection needed for working mums, say MPs. Image copyright Thinkstock "Urgent action" is needed to give new and expectant mothers more protection at work after a "shocking" increase in discrimination, MPs have said.

Better job protection needed for working mums, say MPs

The Women and Equalities Committee is calling for a German style system, where it is harder to make women redundant during and after pregnancy. The number of expectant and new mothers forced to leave their jobs has almost doubled to 54,000 since 2005, it said. The government said it would consider the recommendations carefully. In Germany, from the beginning of pregnancy until four months following childbirth, employers can only dismiss an employee in very rare cases - such as the company going bust - and it needs government approval to do so. In the UK, although it is illegal to dismiss a woman for reasons relating to having a child, a company can find other reasons for making her redundant. 'Unacceptable discrimination' Step It Up for Gender Equality. By Ambassador Walther Lichem (vienna, austria)Monday, March 07, 2016Inter Press Service VIENNA, Austria, Mar 07 (IPS) - In 1911, more than one million men and women attended rallies to commemorate the first International Women's Day.

Step It Up for Gender Equality

Demonstrators advocated for an end to gender discrimination and for the promotion of women's rights to work, vote, receive an education, and hold public office. Ambassador Walther LichemA century later, there is a rising recognition of the special role and capacities women in leadership provide for enhanced societal cohesion, community and peace.

Why is the gender wage gap growing again? Oh yippee.

Why is the gender wage gap growing again?

The gender wage gap actually got bigger between 2014 and 2015, according to the Institute for Women's Policy Research: The median weekly earnings for full-time work increased for both women and men during 2015, but the increase was more substantial for men than women. In 2015, the ratio of women’s to men’s median weekly full-time earnings was 81.1 percent, a decrease of 1.4 percentage points since 2014, when the ratio was 82.5 percent. [...] Gender Inequality In Developing Countries (South Sudan) Goal 5. Gender Equality Blueprint. Australia, grow up and get with the rest of the world on workplace gender equality. Australia continues to drop behind the rest of the world on gender equality measures for women at work. Yep, we've fallen from 17th to 20th place in PwC's annual ranking of 33 OECD countries on female economic empowerment.

The only country to see a bigger fall is the Netherlands, due to a drop in women’s workforce participation. It seems we continue to lack the maturity to address some of the systemic issues holding back women at work – particularly the gender pay gap, accessible childcare and shared caring responsibilities. But then this time last year we still had a male Minister for Women and just two women represented in the ministry -- so that's at least some kind of progress. The PwC Women in Work Index weighs and compares OECD countries on a range of measures including equal pay, female access to employment opportunities and job security.

So why are we going backwards on this index? Gender Pay Gap Factsheet final. Gender equality in the workplace 'arriving 2050' at this rate of change, report says. Posted. Gender pay gap 'may take 118 years to close' - World Economic Forum. Image copyright Reuters The World Economic Forum believes it will take another 118 years - or until 2133 - until the global pay gap between men and women is finally closed. 2014 Resource Gender Equity Fact Sheet. In focus: Women and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): SDG 5: Gender equality. Photo: UNPhoto/Sylvain Lietchti Targets. Women's Empowerment. Goal 5: Gender Equality. <a id="mobile-version-link" class="mobile-version-link" href=" the mobile version of</a> 4125.0 - Gender Indicators, Australia, Feb 2016.

Women's rights. You’re more likely to be poor if you’re a woman. And if you’re a woman, you’re also likely to be doing most of the work. Gender Equality. The Workplace Gender Equality Agency. Gender equality is achieved when people are able to access and enjoy the same rewards, resources and opportunities regardless of whether they are a woman or a man. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

Gender equality. Ited Nations: Gender equality and women's empowerment.