It is in the equality of masses that one can aim to attain peace for when we reduce inequality is when we see true power. However, it is very unfortunate that a striking amount of inequality in terms of income, jobs, education, wealth etc. still prevails in countries around the world.
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One of the most highlighted causes of inequality is the gender gap. The UN Agency points out that even though women are significantly less likely to participate in the labour market than men, once they manage to enter the labour market, finding work remains even more difficult for them than their male counterparts. Hence, helping women gain access to the labour market is the first and most important step towards reducing inequality.
A recent report released by the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) has revealed that “reducing gender disparities at workplaces by 25 per cent by 2025 could inject nearly $5.8 trillion into the global economy and boost tax revenues” With a statistic like that, it will be a huge advantage to the global economy as well as promote the well-being of every individual by ending discrimination if we stand up for this Sustainable Development Goal.
An equal pay for work of equal value will recognize unpaid care work and build a strong system against the discrimination, violence and harassment against women and men in the world of work. It is important that we realise that women, too, have the capability to be our world leaders and should no longer be considered unacceptable in the field of paid labour. This can only happen as we begin to change our attitudes towards women in our society.
It all comes down to letting people do what they love no matter what conformity speaks. Women should be allowed to venture into the labour field and men, too, should be accepted in every form of work they love that are categorised to be too “feminine” as per conforming categories in different countries. Only then can we look forward towards a world with happy people. And this needs to be propagated. Will you stand up for it?