Advocates for gender equality from the GlobalGiving community share their hopes for progress in the next decade.
“Many will be empowered enough to lead initiatives for gender equality, which should start as early as possible. Resources should trickle down to the community level, and community-led development initiatives will receive more donor funding to enhance their work.”
“While there have been incredible strides made in working towards gender equality, we still have a long way to go. I hope that we continue to listen to and raise up the voices of the young women in our lives, communities, and programs as they advocate for their rights and space in this world and strive for a future that is inclusive and equal. The creativity and tenacity of young people is going to create ripples of change—at home and across the world!”
“We know that where women have freedom and opportunity, societies thrive. There is less poverty, greater economic growth, and a higher standard of living for everyone. I have hope that young women—and men—who understand this far better than previous generations will enable our transformation to a society that values women and girls as never before. That corporate boards understand they must reflect the diversity of their employees and customers. That women—who are burdened with 70% of the world’s working hours yet receive just 10% of the income—will be economically empowered. And that our politics will continue to embrace the voices of a new generation of women.”
“Gender equality cannot be achieved without changing the perception that gender issues are women’s issues, rather than societal issues. At Carolina for Kibera, we utilize male involvement as a strategy to achieve gender equality by mentoring boys from an early age to be gender-sensitive and unlearn negative behaviors that are used to define what manhood is. Empowering girls is not all that is needed. We need to empower boys, too.”
“Our hopes: more inclusivity, more accessibility, and better relationships. Can we recognize exclusivity hidden by poverty and its many symptoms, then change it into inclusivity through stronger relationships and more access in every facet of life? Many cycles need to be broken through access to basic rights to make a difference in gender equality for women and girls with disAbilities in the next decade.”
Thank you for reading our community’s hopes for the future of gender equality. Learn more about the GlobalGiving Girl Fund, which supports community-led organizations around the world that are committed to providing opportunities for girls.
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This story is part of our “2020 Vision” series. Read more predictions for the next decade of philanthropy from the GlobalGiving community.