The average representation

of women in national Parliaments is 


World Bank, 2019

SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030


Women and girls represent half of the world’s population and therefore also half of its potential. However, gender inequality persists throughout the world and stagnates social progress. Across the globe, women continue to be underrepresented at all levels of political leadership and perform a disproportionate share of unpaid domestic work. Inequalities faced by girls can begin right at birth and follow them all their lives, sometimes depriving adequate access to health care, education and economic decision making. 

What Can I Do?

Speak Up! Now is the time for you to speak up about inequities and to call out injustices when you see them. Encourage gender representation in areas of leadership on your campus. Educate yourself about intersectionality. A women living in poverty cannot separate her economic struggle from her gender identity and both must be considered when looking at the specific challenges she faces - You could collect menstrual products for those living in period poverty. Attend USI’s Pink Training to educate yourself on issues of consent.

What Are The Targets?

5.1 End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere. 5.2 Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation. 5.3 Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation. 5.4 Recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate. 5.5 Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decisionmaking in political, economic and public life. 5.6 Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences. 5.A Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, in accordance with national laws. 5.B Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women. 5.C Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels.