Gender Inequality

Find hundreds of links and invaluable resources on gender equality here. We cover all the issues including girls' education, child marriage, political participation, workplace discrimination, the wage gap, and women's role in society. Let's help ALL women to reach their full potential!

 

 

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Women's Rights

We have over 700 resources on a wide range of women's rights issues, including violence against women, women's right to vote, sexual and reproductive rights, forced marriage and FGM. You can also find a directory of organizations specifically dedicated to advancing women's rights. Download our RSS list Women's Issues, Feminism & Women's Rights News

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Women's Organisations

Click here to access our directory of organizations working globally and nationally to promote women's rights, advance women's issues and achieve gender equality.

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Suffragettes & Women's Right to Vote

The Suffragettes Movement, occurring in the late-19th and early-20th centuries, was one of the most determined and effective protest movements in history. It continues to serve as a source of inspiration for activists worldwide. Learn more about this historical movement and the obstacles that continued challenge women's face on their right to vote.

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Feminism

Learn about the global movement dedicated to achieving equal opportunity, political, economic, personal, and social rights for women. Make sure to download our RRS Women's Issues, Feminism & Women's Rights News

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Women & Work

Nowadays, there are many issues that women have to affront in the work environment such as the gender pay gap and gender discrimination. Find information and resources for promoting women's rights in the workplace.

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Women's Equality Day - August 26

First celebrated in 1971, the day marks the hard-earned success of the suffragists who laid the first steps for women on the long road to a more equal and just future. The 19th Amendment made it illegal to deny citizens the right to vote based on sex – in this early stage, it still allowed for the discrimination of women of colour. The fight for voting equality continued, as does the fight for equality today. May August 26th be a reminder of the work still left to be achieved in the fight for an inclusive and just world for everyone.

Women's Equality Day - August 26
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International Women's Day - 2022

Every year on March 8, protests and celebrations take place across the world to honour women’s rights and continue the fight for a more gender equal world.  The 2022 theme is gender equality today, for a sustainable tomorrow. This year will be pivotal for the advancement of gender equality - without it, there can be no sustainable future. Let's celebrate the women leading the climate change movement. #BreakTheBias

International Women's Day - 2022
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Gender Inequality

Even in 2021, much work still remains in order to achieve gender parity. The social and economic benefits of a gender equal world have been widely proven, yet the gap persists. Current estimates predict it will take another 108 years to close it! Our huge resource covers all the issues including girls’ education, child marriage, political participation, discrimination in the workplace, the wage gap, and cultural norms and expectations of women’s role in society. You will also find the organisations working tirelessly to achieve equality. Here’s to ALL women reaching their full potential, and to empowering women everywhere.

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Reproductive Rights

In a historic victory for the women's rights movement, the Colombian government has announced the decriminalisation of abortion during the first 24 weeks of pregnancy. Previously, abortion was only allowed if there was a risk to the pregnant woman, life-threatening foetal malformations or if the pregnancy was the result of rape, but under the new law no one can be penalised for having an abortion within the time limit. It is a major step forward for the Latin American region, which has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the world.

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1 Billion Rising – February 14th

1 in 3 women in the world will suffer violence in her lifetime, that is, 1 billion women and girls. Hence the name of this global campaign that was launched on Valentine's Day 2012, and since then, every February, activists around the world raise their voices in one of the largest mass actions to protest against impunity and injustice for those who suffer gender-based violence. The 2022 campaign will focus on raising voices for the bodies of all women, girls and the earth.

1 Billion Rising – February 14th
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16 Days of Activism

This global campaign was founded by the Women's Global Leadership Institute in 1991, making it the oldest campaign in the context of ending violence against women. It aims to draw attention to gender-based violence and to highlight the work of women activists around the world. It is held every year from 25 November to 10 December. The 2021 campaign focuses on 16 grassroots women activists and peacebuilders working for peace, justice and equality.

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women - November 25

This UN international day focuses on violence against women, particularly domestic violence – and ending it once and for all. It aims to bring together survivors, activists and decision makers to raise awareness of the need for funding, services, prevention and data. A global effort to end this shadow pandemic

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women - November 25
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International Women Human Rights Defenders Day - November 29

Join us in celebrating Women Human Rights Defenders Day – these brave women are often victims of violence, harassment and even imprisonment. We must raise awareness, and galvanize advocacy for equal rights, against discrimination and increased protection for activists

International Women Human Rights Defenders Day - November 29
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933 - 2020)

As the second ever female justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg remains an inspiration for women around the world. She was a champion for women's rights, gender equality, and workers' rights. Her legacy is one of revolution. Since her passing concerns are mounting for the future of the Supreme Court. With the election looming, her death has not only affected the hearts of thousands, but has also become a main talking point for voters and politicians alike.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933 - 2020)

Women & Peace

A woman's voices in important in conflict prevention and resolution. Find out more about women's meaningful participation in the peace process.

Women & Peace

Violence Against Women

More than 1 out of 3 women report having suffered sexual and/or physical violence. It affects a woman's mental and physical health impacting their ability to fully participate in society.

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Ni una menos

This feminist movement which began in Argentina, has spread across Latin American campaigning against gender-based violence.

Ni una menos

Female Genital Mutilation

200 million women and girls are affected by this female circumcision practise in 27 countries of Africa. Find out about what actions are being taken by the international community to protect women and girls.

Female Genital Mutilation

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Hero of the Month

Ounaysa Abdallah

Ounaysa is a student and journalist from Sudan. Her activism began during the 2018-2019 revolution, which led to the deposition of Omar al-Bashir. Although many feminist activists were at the forefront of the uprising, they were never given due recognition or equal voice during the post-dictatorship scenario, and this led Ounaysa to work for women's empowerment in her country.

Ounaysa believes that knowledge empowers people, and that everyone should rise up to fight for an equal voice despite challenges and harmful traditional gender norms.

Featured Organisation of the Month

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom

The WILPF is an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) with National Sections covering every continent. Since 1915, they have united women from all corners of the world, to work for peace through non-violent means and to promote political, economic and social justice for all.

Featured Online Resource of the Month

Wiki Gender

Wikigender is a global online collaborative platform linking policymakers and experts, from both developed and developing countries, to find solutions in advancing gender equality. It provides a centralized space for knowledge exchange on key emerging issues, with a strong focus on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

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