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Gender equality has become a championed cause which has gained high ascendancy from the 20th century going forward. This also steams from the fight for Women’s right. Which is part of the major human rights worldwide. Beginning in December 10 1948 after nearly two years of drafting and debate, 48 nations voted in favor, 8 abstained, none dissented and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights-UDHR was adopted. This proclaims a simple and powerful idea that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. These rights aren’t conferred to us by government. They are the birthrights of all people and this doesn’t matter which country we live in. because we are human, we have rights and because we have rights, government are bound to protect them.
It’s been a cause that has been championed by many advocates over time, Men and Women alike. By and large, a lot of progress has been made on that front.
Gender equality which happens to be one of the key outlines in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) which ranks 5th among them could be seen not just as one of the outlines of the SDGs but also as a human rights issue.
In many places, legal and social practices that relegates women to second class status has been abolished. In most cases, this progress was not easily achieved as people fought and gave their lives for that cause.
In the world today, despite the progress we have made in many areas, there is still more to be done when it comes to the lives of our women and girls.
In many parts of the world today, there are strains of inequality when it comes to do work and wages. We also have a lot of discrimination when it comes to voicing out their public decisions. Most times, sexist remarks are often the case.
Although today, we have more girls in schools than we did 20 years ago, there is still progress to be made in various fronts.
In some parts of the world today, women are still banned from receiving formal education. Just as the Former First Lady of the United States and Former United States Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton said “Women’s rights are human rights and human rights are women’s rights”. Over the course of the succeeding years, there has been a rise of Women being paid and given the credit for the work they did. In most countries around the world today, it has been observed that Men and Women do not get the same work which by and large is a great disservice to women who really work hard to eke an honest living.
Nevertheless, the sustainable development goals aim to build on most of these achievements so as to ensure that there is an end to the discrimination of women and girls everywhere.
In various traditional setting, the practice of female circumcision is meted out to most women and this is seen in some countries in Africa, Anatolia (Asia Minor) and the Middle East. Which according to research and study really poses a threat to Women’s health.
Violent acts towards them such as rape, assault, brutality should be abhorred in all its forms.
By: Immanuel Ikeagwu.

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