International Women’s Day – Resources and Guidance

Here are 5 resources focused on Women’s empowerment and Sustainable Development Goal 5 in honour of International Women’s Day.

Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development UN Women’s new flagship report, provides a comprehensive and authoritative assessment of progress, gaps and challenges in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from a gender perspective. The report monitors global and regional trends in achieving the SDGs for women and girls based on available data, and provides practical guidance for the implementation of gender-responsive policies and accountability processes. As a source of high-quality data and policy analysis, the report is a key reference and accountability tool for policymakers, women’s organizations, the UN system, and other stakeholders.

Guidance note on campus violence prevention and response. UN Women is committed to working with universities and other partners to end violence against women and promote gender equality on and around university campuses around the globe. Research and anecdotal evidence indicate that violence against women is a severe problem at universities globally, for example a national survey showed that 51 per cent of students in Australia faced sexual harassment at least once in 2016 and 6.9 per cent of students faced sexual assault at least once in 2015 or 2016. In Egypt, 70 per cent of women at Cairo University experienced sexual harassment in 2015. Experts believe that most incidents go unreported. The note is intended to support universities and university administrators, UN staff working with universities in this area, civil society partners, students and other relevant stakeholders—particularly in middle- and low-income countries where there are few resources for addressing violence against women.

The Empower Women Platform: Empowerwomen.org is an online platform dedicated to empowering women to achieve their full economic potential by inspiring both women and men to become advocates, change makers and leaders in their community. It equips them with resources, opportunities and a global platform that facilitates networking, learning and sharing of experiences. Launched in 2011, the platform is a collaboration between many international organisations including the Global Compact Women Empowerment Principles, UN Women and the International Labour Organisation.

The UN Global Compact Women’s Empowerment Principles. The Women’s Empowerment Principles Gender Gap Analysis Tool is a business-driven tool designed to help companies from around the world assess gender equality performance across the workplace, marketplace, and community. This report examines the aggregate results of companies using the Women’s Empowerment Principles Gender Gap Analysis Tool (WEPs Tool) with an aim to provide insights on global corporate performance on gender equality and women’s empowerment aligned with the WEPs, demonstrate the value of using the WEPs Tool, and showcase the efforts of partners and other stakeholders to drive gender equality around the world.

Gender equality and inclusive growth: Economic policies to achieve sustainable development: This UNWomenpublication makes a compelling argument that economic growth is an inherently gendered process and that gender-based inequalities can, in fact, be barriers to shared prosperity. The book argues that for growth to be truly inclusive and gender-equitable, the pattern of growth must create decent work and productive employment opportunities for women and men. This would require policymakers to adopt human rights as a guiding normative framework and to rethink the role of macro-level economic policies, including trade, industrial, macroeconomic, finance, and investment policies. The book highlights the importance of addressing unpaid care and domestic work and calls for a transformative approach that recognizes and values care work.

 

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