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Gender Equality 2030: How will we get there?


Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG 5 or Global Goal 5) concerns gender equality and is fifth of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations in 2015. The official wording of SDG 5 is "Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls".


There are a lot of countries that are trying to be equal for every gender, India ranked 95th out of 129 countries for gender equality. To achieve gender equality, models and solutions need to create an enabling environment targeting gender inequality, especially gender-based violence (GBV). This creates equal access to opportunities and resources for women and girls in India. Effective programs have put women at the centre of the programming.


In India it will be a great achievement for government and people if they can make an environment of equality . Even though I see a lot of examples of gender inequality in Indian society in our day to day life but I firmly believe that gender equality is not a far-fetched dream. A lot of men and women most of the time take the easy route and follow the steps shown by society. We have to challenge the practices which degrades the position of women or which treats women in a different and poor way than men. We have to start with our family. If someone's family treats a widow differently then it's our duty to educate them. Try to empower the widows in a family. If a girl in any family is asked to do more household chores than a boy, try to reason with them and ensure that both boy and girl do the same amount of chores. If a boy is encouraged more than a girl for higher education and an independent life then talk to the girl about her options, appreciate her skills and discuss ways she can achieve her full potential. The way your family treats its girls will become an example for your relatives, friends and neighbors. Gender equality means everything should be equal to either sex be it in work, respect, pay, education, personal space, laws and what not. I know it's an ideal state but near-ideal policies and laws could be adopted with a strong political will. There are a lot government rule to protect equality, but government can't change people's minds. To change anyone’s mind you need to educate them then anyone can break the chain of inequality whether it's for women or it's for men or any other gender.


-Akriti

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