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Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Gender inequality is a characteristic of the social structure, where different social groups (in this case men and women) have stable differences and therefore arising unequal opportunities in society.
Inequalities faced by girls can begin right at birth and follow them all their lives. In some countries, girls are deprived of access to health care or proper nutrition, leading to a higher mortality rate.
As girls move into adolescence, gender disparities widen. Child marriage affects girls far more than boys. Globally, nearly 15 million girls under age 18 are married every year— or 37,000 each day. Marrying young also affects girls’ education. About one third of developing countries have not achieved gender parity in primary education. Disadvantages in education translate into lack of access to skills and limited opportunities in the labour market. On average, women in the labour market still earn 24 per cent less than men globally.
The gender inequality index is an indicator that reflects the inequality in the opportunities for men and women in three dimensions: reproductive health, empowerment in general and the labor market. Women and girls make up 53.4% of the population of Belarus. According to the gender inequality index, Belarus is on the 30th place out of 188 countries! The best indicators are found in Netherlands and the Scandinavian countries.
Women can fight unconscious biases and implicit associations that can form an unintended and often an invisible barrier to equal opportunity.
Men and boys, you can work alongside women and girls to achieve gender equality and embrace healthy, respectful relationships.
Regardless of where you live in, gender equality is a fundamental human right. Advancing gender equality is critical to all areas of a healthy society, from reducing poverty to promoting the health, education, protection and the well-being of girls and boys.