UNSDG #5: Gender Equality

While the world has achieved progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment under the Millennium Development Goals (including equal access to primary education between girls and boys), women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence in every part of the world.

Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. Unfortunately, at the current time, 1 in 5 women and girls between the ages of 15-49 have reported experiencing physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner within a 12-month period and 49 countries currently have no laws protecting women from domestic violence. Progress is occurring regarding harmful practices such as child marriage and FGM (Female Genital Mutilation), which has declined by 30% in the past decade, but there is still much work to be done to completely eliminate such practices.

Providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large. Implementing new legal frameworks regarding female equality in the workplace and the eradication of harmful practices targeted at women is crucial to ending the gender-based discrimination prevalent in many countries around the world.
UN Sustainable Development Goals


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Wednesday, April 27th
9:30 AM

Access to Menstrual Products for Women in Prisons

Ava Gonzalez '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Acaademy
Aru Ulanbek '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Acaademy
Pedro Castrejon '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Acaademy

The United Nations' Bangkok Rules, which establish worldwide standards for the treatment of women in prison, specify that denying convicts access to menstrual hygiene products is "inhuman or degrading treatment," which is a violation of their human rights. This aligns with the United Nations SDG Goal 5, which is Gender Equality. Gender Equality implies a “peaceful, prosperous, sustainable world”, along ... Read More

9:30 AM - 9:50 AM

9:55 AM

Educational Inequity in Afghanistan

Nathan Kozak '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Sufiya Hussaini '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Kohl Vonder Haar '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Aaliyah Murphy '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Our project is based upon and surrounds the issue of educational inequity within Afghanistan, primarily towards women. With the current political climate in Afghanistan influenced by the Taliban and highly discriminatory towards women, educational inequity has been a prominent issue within Afghanistan in recent years. With over 3.7 million children in Afghanistan not in school, and over 60 percent ... Read More

9:55 AM - 10:15 AM

10:45 AM

Educating on Gender Bias

Cara Jacob '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Minna Johnson '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Emma Lau '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

With gender prevalent issues overtaking the world, even a small action can be of great effect. Knowing the power that the internet and social media can have on an issue, we plan on making social media forums to educate people of the many many issues such as gender bias in education and the gender pay gap. We feel that ... Read More

10:45 AM - 11:05 AM