Sustainable Development Goals
With nearly four million women members around the world, Anglican membership charity, Mothers’ Union, has gender equality as a core focus of its work. As Christians we believe that women and men are equal in the eyes of God. But as we put our own faith into action in the world we see women and girls treated unequally. Too often women’s contributions to family life, the workplace, the church and political life are either ignored or dismissed.
As we work to support family life and promote flourishing relationships our members have listened to women across diverse communities and have found three main barriers to women playing an equal part in their communities:-
1. The inequality of power between women and men
2. Violence against women and girls
3. The unequal value placed on women and girls, and the roles they typically carry out, especially caring and domestic responsibilities.
Whilst life experiences are different for women and girls across the world, our members in both developed and less developed countries experience these barriers to empowerment, to differing degrees. In order to change this, we believe that all governments must take action. That is why we will use our voice at the 60th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations, New York from next week, to lobby for changes that will bring about gender parity, especially through the new sustainable development agenda.
Firstly, we want governments to ensure there is no discrimination against women and girls under national law, local law or cultural norms, thereby ensuring women have equal rights of access to freedom, economic resources, political participation and justice.
Secondly, we want governments and leaders to work to prevent and end all forms of violence against women and girls through the rejection of attitudes that perpetrate gender inequality and gender based violence, through the provision of support for victims and survivors of gender-based violence, by the enforcement of laws against gender-based violence and the punishment and rehabilitation of perpetrators, and safe and fair access to victims.
Thirdly we believe that governments should put in place policies that help families to provide unpaid care and nurture for dependent family members. Flexible working policies, equal pay and advocacy that promotes the value of unpaid care.