Collegiate Internationals

Sustainable Development Goal 5

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

While the world has achieved progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment under the Millennium Development Goals (including equal access to primary education between girls and boys), women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence in every part of the world. Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. Providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large.

Our View:

Collegiate Congress is an organization of action, not of vague statements and platitudes. One of the co-founders of Collegiate Congress a woman. Women have served as advisors to Collegiate Congress and the founding year of the Governing Council was made up of a majority women. Collegiate Congress’ Executive Director is a woman. Our research team is a team of women from three different countries. We listen, recruit and value women’s voices and opinions. However, since 2015, New York student leadership and youth leadership has seen a decline of women in leadership roles. Collegiate Congress raised this decline as an issue to academic institutions. We have since then been campaigning for an increase of women in student government and student senate. We have also proposed the same to youth and college level political organizations. We are still actively pursuing this goal. The gender parity of our organizations and our active recruitment of women speaks for what we stand for. We were an active participant of Women’s Day, hosting several women-focused forums across NYC educational campuses.

UN Target:
  • End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere

  • Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation

  • Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation

  • Recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate

  • Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decisionmaking in political, economic and public life

  • Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences

  • Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, in accordance with national laws

  • Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women

  • Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels

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