Generation Equality action pack, January 2020
2020 is here, and with it comes a generational opportunity to put women’s rights centre stage.
The world has made unprecedented advances, but no country has achieved gender equality.
Fifty years ago, we landed on the moon; in the last decade, we discovered new human ancestors and photographed a black hole for the first time.
In the meantime, legal restrictions has kept 2.7 billion women from accessing the same choice of jobs as men. Less than 25 per cent of parliamentarians were women as of 2019. One in three women experience gender-based violence, still.
Let’s make 2020 count for women and girls everywhere.
This month in Generation Equality, we are featuring New Year’s Resolutions for gender equality, celebrity and activist voices, and unveiling the themes of six Action Coalitions—global, innovative partnerships with governments, civil society, international organizations and the private sector—to be launched at the upcoming Generation Equality Forum, to deliver game-changing results for women and girls everywhere.
Small actions, big impact
Three things you can do today to learn more, raise awareness and inspire others:
- What will you do in 2020 to help achieve gender equality? Share your answer on social media using #GenerationEquality!
- Read and share Generation Equality stories
- Retweet @UN_Women to spread the word about six game-changing Generation Equality Action Coalition themes just announced!
Read, learn, share
Video: A global history of women’s rights, in 3 minutes
This is your chance to show the world that you stand on the right side of history. So, what are you waiting for? Voice your commitment to an equal future on social media, using #GenerationEquality! You can download cool GIFs, slogans and more in our social media package.
We are taking our our New Year’s Resolutions seriously, because we are standing at the brink of a generational opportunity.— UN Women (@UN_Women) January 13, 2020
Find out why 2020 matters for gender equality 👉 https://t.co/EFeUHZO6go pic.twitter.com/r2tzvaioHe
Around the world
Around the world along with partners, UN Women is mobilizing for #GenerationEquality
The United Nations stands for Generation Equality
UN agencies are working to advance gender equality every day, everywhere
Young voices demand to be heard (UNFPA)
Memory Banda, 23, knows how to change the world: by refusing to stay silent. Banda grew up in Malawi in an area where child marriage, sexual violence and early pregnancy were common. From ending child marriage to sexual violence in conflict and tackling the climate crisis, read what young changemakers from around the world are saying.
For young women and girls in Afghanistan, getting higher education and jobs is a priority. It’s also a powerful way to reverse poverty, says UNDP. A recent initiative is bringing Afghan women to study in neighboring Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. “This is the most beautiful moment of my life, an excellent opportunity to fulfill my dream of becoming an economist,” said Jamila, one of the young Afghan women, upon her arrival at Almaty airport in Kazakhstan.
Beth Ribblett is the owner of a successful wine bar, and Kai Bussant is a milliner, a hat-maker, in New Orleans, USA. Both women work in male-dominating industries and share their experience in this story. The UN’s specialized agency for work-related issues, the International Labour Organization (ILO), is creating more opportunities for women by promoting gender equality in workforces worldwide.