Gender Equality

Gender Equality

What this goal is about?

End discrimination against women and girls; eliminate violence (including trafficking, sexual or other exploitation); eliminate harmful practices (ex. child/forced marriage); ensure women's full participation in leadership in political, economic and public life; and promote reforms to give women equal rights to resources.

How does ME’s work help achieve this goal? 

Seeking to support women’s needs and promote their rights is a cross cutting issue in Mission East programming. Some of our development programs also focus specifically on awareness raising and promotion of the rights of women and girls, for example in Nepal and Myanmar, where we work towards target 5.1 and 5.5 (ending discrimination against women and promoting their participation in leadership and public life). In Nepal, we work specifically on ending some harmful practices towards girls and women like chhaupadi (target 5.3), and equipping women with information to prevent trafficking (target 5.2)  In Iraq and Lebanon community centers and case management services provide safe spaces for young women and girls at risk of gender-based violence in a crisis context and awareness campaigns are carried out on issues such as early/forced marriage (target 5.2-5.3). 

Relevant ME countries: Afghanistan, Iraq, Myanmar, Nepal, Tajikistan, Syria, Lebanon