Sustainable Development Goal #5: Gender Equality
Inequalities stemming from discrimination towards women have declined in recent decades; however, a significant social, economic, and political divide still exists. Women are consistently paid less than their male counterparts around the world even in many developed countries. Societal and culture norms prevent women from entering the labor force and contributing to the economy. Environmental concerns like access to water impact women the most because they are the traditional collectors. Lack of educational opportunities prevent many women from escaping cycles of generational poverty.
This event will look at the challenges to inclusion that women face in developing countries and also the progress made toward achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls. Closing the gender gap could add an estimated $28 trillion to global GDP by 2025, but the inequalities to be targeted exist in many different sectors. A wide digital gender gap exists, women in the bottom of the income pyramid earn 30-50 percent less than their male counterparts, making technology, communication, and internet access prices prohibitive, hindering economic inclusion. Women are still underrepresented in managerial positions, with fewer than a third of senior and middle-management positions being held by women from 2009-2015. And based on data from 90 countries, women spend around three times as many hours as men in unpaid domestic and care work. How can women become more employed? Why are there so few women employed in the technology sector? And how can we further improve women's access to finance?
This event is part of the "Chevron Forum for Development" series focused on the SDGs and made possible with general support from Chevron. So far, we have hosted events on the role of the private sector, SDG#7 on affordable and clean energy, SDG#16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions, and SDG#17: Partnerships for the Goals.