WHAT TO DO Women earn 10 to 30 percent less than men for the same work. Find a Goal 5 charity you want to support. Commitment and bold steps are needed to accelerate progress, including by promoting laws, policies, budgets and institutions that promote gender equality. It is essential to invest more in gender statistics, as less than half of the data needed to monitor Goal 5 is currently available.
The benefits of inclusive data collection are documented. In a long-term study conducted by Data2X, an advocate for gender data, birth registration in Indonesia was positively correlated with increased immunization rates and education levels, and was negatively correlated with early marriage, juvenile motherhood and adverse health outcomes. Every country in the world can improve gender equality. Be a leader: When you receive data that tells a negative story, use it anyway and turn a worrying trend into a story of change.
One in three girls and women experiences sexual or physical violence throughout their lives. For example, today, 650 million girls get married when they are girls and 200 million suffer female genital mutilation in the countries that practice it. Violence against women is as serious a cause of death and disability among women of reproductive age as cancer, and a greater cause of ill health than traffic accidents and malaria combined. This violence denies half the population humanity, security and dignity.
It is one of the most pervasive and persistent human rights violations. Investing in girls and women can take many forms. Follow the example of Albania and improve free legal aid services for women; follow the example of Belarus and combat trafficking by funding women's civil society organizations. Stay committed to Goal 54 of the SDGs and recognize the value of unpaid domestic work in providing public services, infrastructure and social protection policies that promote shared responsibility in the home.
New ITU data estimates that more than half of the total global female population still does not use the Internet, compared to 42 percent of all men, and of the 85 countries that provided data on mobile phone ownership, 61 have a higher proportion of men with mobile phones than women. There's no wrong way to pay for parity, unless you simply don't do it at all. In addition, doing the right thing for girls and women comes with a financial reward. The International Monetary Fund estimates that closing the gender gap in the world's most discriminatory economies would increase their GDP by an average of 35 percent.