Giving Compass' Take:
- Here is an overview of the differences between gender inequality and discrimination, the impact on women and girls, and action steps individuals can take to address these issues.
- Is gender discrimination prevalent in your community? How can donors address the systemic problems that fuel gender inequality?
- Check out this donor guide on gender equality.
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Every girl and boy deserves an equal chance to survive and thrive. As the leading expert on childhood, Save the Children has been championing equal rights for every child for over 100 years – in fact, we invented the concept. Today, we are the leading champion for the human rights of the world’s 2.2 billion girls and boys.
Yet, gender discrimination, starting in childhood, continues to rob children of their childhoods and limit their chances – disproportionately affecting the world’s girls. A girl is far more likely to be denied her rights, kept from school, forced to marry and subjected to violence – her voice undervalued, if it’s heard at all. This assault on childhood also deprives nations of the energy and talent they need to progress.
At the current rate of change, it will take over 200 years to achieve gender equality, and that’s just in the U.S. This is unacceptable.
Together, we can create a more equal world, right from the start.
What is gender discrimination?
Gender discrimination is any unequal treatment, including privilege and priority, on the basis of gender.
What is gender inequality?
Gender inequality is discrimination on the basis of sex or gender causing one sex or gender to be routinely privileged or prioritized over another.
Gender equality is a fundamental human right and that right is violated by gender based discrimination. Gender disparity starts in childhood and are right now limiting the lifelong potential of children around the world – disproportionately affecting girls.
At Save the Children, we put gender equality at the heart of everything we do. Our vision is a world in which all people – girls, boys, women and men – have equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities, regardless of gender norms, identities or expressions. A world where everyone is equally recognized, respected and valued.
Read the full article about gender inequality at Save The Children.