Most democratic societies around the globe that adhere to international law have introduced accelerated programs aimed at elevating women in society to catch up to their male counterparts. This is meant to counter the decades of marginalization that women have faced since time immemorial. Society has realized that it’s only through gender equality that the world will progress.
We are therefore going to look at 3 key programs that will help promote women rights and help achieve gender equality.
1 Building the capacity of women in leadership
Whereas a number of women have been able to break through in this male dominated world to reach leadership positions, this number is still very low and there’s therefore a need for more women to be in leadership. There are therefore a number of programs that are being funded by development organizations to build the capacity of more women around the globe to become leaders.
2 Including women in governance
According to international law, all genders must be involved in governance and one of the popular recommendations is that no particular gender should occupy over two thirds of the leadership slots in government. It’s for this reason that most democracies are encouraging more women to participate in governance so that they may have at least one third representation if not more.
3 Promoting women in business
Whereas since time immemorial women have always played an active role in business, their contribution has never really been fully appreciated as its common for them to earn less than their male counterparts in similar positions. In the spirit of putting an end to such cases of discrimination, international law dictates that women and men should earn equal treatment therefore equal pay.
It’s very clear today that in order for any society to thrive, both men and women must play an active role in leadership, governance and the economy and this is why it’s very important for gender equality to become the new cultural norm.