Shining a light on Women and Girls

14/10/2022

Grow equality, grow a healthier, happier world for all.

Gender equality affects women and girls on a personal level, but it also affects every living thing on the planet.

Hunger, malnourishment and the effects of global warming are on the rise, and educated and empowered women and girls, might be the most important key to solving this.

Why does equality matter so much?

In many parts of rural Africa, female workers make up 50% of the agricultural workforce, but they continue to face heavy discrimination, inhibiting them from reaching their full potential.

By addressing issues such as equal pay, ownership of land and livestock, access to resources and credit, and inclusion in formal decision-making bodies, we could ensure a 2.5-4% increase in agricultural production, and a 12-17% decrease in the amount of malnourished people across the globe.

The girls of today could be the decision-makers, and change-makers of tomorrow. Currently 1 in 4 girls between the ages of 15 and 19 are not involved in any education, employment or training programmes, compared to a figure of 1 in 10 boys of the same age.

With climate change, worldwide pandemics like COVID-19, and humanitarian conflicts causing soaring food prices and shortages that will eventually affect the well-being of every household and individual on the planet, we need to combine education, resourcefulness, creativity and resilience across genders. Together, we need to cultivate a sustainable environment, to ensure our planet’s future health and happiness.

With climate change, worldwide pandemics like COVID-19, and humanitarian conflicts causing soaring food prices and shortages that will eventually affect the well-being of every household and individual on the planet, we need to combine education, resourcefulness, creativity and resilience across genders. Together, we need to cultivate a sustainable environment, to ensure our planet’s future health and happiness.

How can every individual make a difference?

We all have the ability to shine a light on gender equality, a chance to empower women and girls in our communities, and all around the world. But how?

Go social. Use your social media accounts to share stories, videos, blogs and articles of girls and women who are leading, shaping and changing the world around them. Share the inspiration that already exists!

Expect better. Do more. Support organisations that work to uplift and enable women and girls through education, healthcare and advocating for equal rights. Engage your government representatives and local businesses to place more of their focus and investment in targeted education and training programmes.

Use your skills. Give your time. You don’t have to provide financial support to make a lifelong difference in a young girl’s life. Many local organisations are desperate for volunteers to teach reading and writing to girls who would otherwise lack access to these basic skillsets. It all starts with that initial spark of hope and inspiration.

Amplify their influence. Female role models are invaluable in creating pathways for the next generation to follow. By involving key female influencers across traditionally male-dominated industries, we can break harmful gender stereotypes and reshape the way girls see their future possibilities.

How are we growing a healthier, happier world for all?

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN WOMEN) are calling us to rethink our broken food system from the bottom up. In a dual approach to achieving gender equality and food security, their ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ are geared to support rural women in producing and distributing diverse and healthy food crops. Female farmers and farmworkers, supplying food for our future.

A global awareness.

In October there are two awareness days that seek to highlight the rights of women and girls across the globe. On 15 October we celebrate the International Day of Rural Women, and on 11 October we commemorate the 10th anniversary of the International Day of the Girl Child.

Find out more about what you can do to personally make a change here: