Gender equality and women’s empowerment are essential for sustainable development.
Equality means that women and men have equal opportunities to exercise their human rights, equal opportunity to benefit from development results and the potential to contribute as actors/ agents to community development.
Of the 70 million children out of school around the world, 70% are girls. Of the more than 790 million adults unable to read and write, 64% are women. One of every three women in our world is a victim of violence. Women do 66% of the world’s work, yet earn less than 5% of their revenue. We know there is work to be done and that’s why gender equality is an important component of all our programming.
WUSC is dedicated to promoting equality between women and men. We know that furthering gender equality and empowering women and girls are essential to make lasting change. We support women’s groups who are leading efforts to achieve equality, and we recognize the important role both women and men play in these efforts.
WUSC works toward:
- addressing the social, political, and economic roots of gender-based violence;
- promoting women’s empowerment through opportunities for women’s education, training, and leadership;
- partnering with the MATCH International Women's Fund to support women’s organizations in the global South;
- mobilizing women’s networks to address inequality on Uniterra's five issues in 12 countries.