Gender equality is at the very heart of human rights. Ensuring gender equality worldwide is key for building a safe, free and prosperous world. Despite the progress made over the last 20 years, United Nations’ studies clearly show that the level of achievement of gender equality has been uneven across regions and within countries and is still very much deficient in some countries. Removing obstacles to ensuring equal opportunities for women and girls worldwide, ending all forms of discrimination and violence against them will benefit us all.

25
May
2018

#HerWorldOurWorld
25 May 2018
Across Europe

On Friday 25 May 2018 the EU organised a day of events in Member States across Europe and on social media to bring Gender Equality issues worldwide into the spotlight and raise awareness.

National and European VIPs, fun activities, surprise gifts marked the day!
Check the map for more information.

Missed them? You can still show your support by signing the pledge!
Your voice matters – your support counts!

#EUAction

The EU is a champion of women and girls’ rights both within Europe and globally. Gender equality is one of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a core European value. We want to ensure that women and girls around the world participate fully in all aspects of their society – political, social and economic. Without them, we will never achieve truly sustainable development for all.

Empowering women and girls isn’t just the RIGHT thing to do; it’s the SMART thing to do.

Education

Education

If all women had secondary education, there would be 49% fewer child deaths, 64% fewer early marriages and 59% fewer young pregnancies, all contributing to a more conducive environment for economic empowerment and inclusive growth.

Health

Health

Maternal mortality is a leading cause of death in women of reproductive age. Adequate care during pregnancy or childbirth would save from death more than 300,000 women each year, 99% of them in developing countries.

Family

Family

Worldwide, almost 750 million women and girls alive today were married before their 18th birthday. Child marriage often results in early pregnancy and social isolation, interrupts schooling, limits the girl’s opportunities and increases her risk of experiencing domestic violence.

Work

Work

Women could increase their income globally by up to 76 per cent if the employment participation gap and the 23% wage gap between women and men were closed. This is calculated to have a global value of USD 17 trillion.

Decision making

Decision making

There is established and growing evidence that women's leadership in political decision-making processes improves them. increasing the share of household income controlled by women changes spending in ways that benefit children.

Violence

Violence

1 in 3 women worldwide still suffer physical or sexual violence, often at the hands of an intimate partner. They are more than twice as likely to have an abortion and almost twice as likely to experience depression.

Let’s fight together for worldwide Gender Equality!