HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT WOMEN & GIRLS
Get Close To The Facts & Targets
“The social and economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has made the situation even bleaker…Commitment and bold action are needed to accelerate progress, including through the promotion of laws, policies, budgets and institutions that advance gender equality.” United Nations
Goal 5 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals is to ‘Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls’ (which includes recognising structural forms of oppression such as race, class, immigrant status, etc). The UN states that while there has been progress over the last decades, the world is not on track to achieve gender equality by 2030. There are many areas of concern - women’s health, violence against women and decision-making, to name a few. Child marriage and female genital mutilation are risks for hundreds of millions of women. To combat these serious global challenges, targets range from a focus on ‘full and effective female participation and equal opportunity in leadership’ to ‘universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights’. Read more about Goal 5 facts and the targets set out to achieve global gender equity here.
Fight the Teen Health Crisis
“America’s teen girls are engulfed in a growing wave of sadness, violence and trauma” - CDC.
A new Youth Risk Behavior Survey, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from a nationally representative sample of students in public and private high schools in the United States has painted a dire picture of a teen girls mental health crisis. The data showed increases in rape and sexual violence, and record levels of feeling sad or hopeless: “Nearly 1 in 3 high school girls reported in 2021 that they seriously considered suicide - up nearly 60 percent from a decade ago. Almost 15 percent of teen girls said they were forced to have sex, an increase of 27 percent over two years...” While reasons behind this are complex, COVID-19, social media pressures, racism and LGBTQ+ stigmas are referenced as explainers for the crisis: “On Snapchat and TikTok, you see all these pretty girls with tiny waists and a big bottom. I know I’m only 14, but it makes me feel like there’s something wrong with myself…” Kaya, aged 14. Read more here and here.