Climate change policies will not be effective unless they are gender-aware. It is not about making men and women the same but about providing equitable opportunities and value to both genders.
The Commonwealth, which commands nearly a quarter of the world’s population, is presently steered by Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland QC. The next Secretary-General of the United Nations may well extend this list of woman in power.
Sustainable development in an inclusive Commonwealth makes the most of all its resources. With 60 per cent of the population of the Commonwealth aged 29 and under, and highly empowered women of all ages, it would be a missed opportunity if the Commonwealth did not bring generations together to advance gender equality.
Gender equality has come a long way since the emergence of feminism in the 19th and early-20th century. Yet, not much headway seems to have been made in terms of the economic empowerment of women.
Great strides have been made to advance women’s education, civic rights and empowerment across the world. Women in entrepreneurship is one such example.
Goal 5 of the 17 SDGs aims for gender equality and empowerment for all women and girls. In simple terms, the mission is to nurture the enabling environment where women, both young and old, have the opportunity to pursue their aspirations without fear, hindrance or discrimination.