We live in a crucial time for women and girls around the world. Despite the progress made so far, and despite representing half of the population, women and girls continue to lag behind men and boys on key rights, opportunities, and well-being, which hampers global development, leaving women and girls unable to give an effective contribution towards it, or to realise their full potential.
As of 2014, 143 out of 195 countries guarantee equality between men and women in their constitutions, but discrimination against women still prevails around the world, directly and indirectly, through laws and policies, gender-based stereotypes, and social norms and practices.
“We cannot all succeed if half of us are held back.”
Empowering women and girls and raising awareness about the power of unconscious bias is key to social transformation, and crucial to economy, for the achievement of peace, and sustainable development.
Research developed by individuals and organisations aims to inform action, to prove theories, and to contribute to the development of knowledge in a field or study, and it is a way to understand various issues and create public awareness. The research undertaken worldwide in women’s and gender studies, helps to build evidence on the most pressing issues facing women and girls today, and it’s an essential contribution towards their empowerment, ensuring sustainable solutions regarding gender equality are backed by solid evidence.
‘Achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls is the unfinished business of our time, and the greatest human rights challenge in our world.’
UN Secretary-General, Mr. António Guterres