Gender equality and quality education

 

Why is gender equality and quality education so intertwined? The problem is that in many countries men have in general a higher salary than women. In many developing countries the families can only afford to send one of their kids to school, if any at all. When the families only can afford for one of their kids to go to school, the most obvious candidate would be the one who will earn the most in the future which are the men. In this way the girls would never be allowed to participate in the education system. The girls would stay home and do “women choirs”. In developing countries 1 in 4 girls is not in school.

 

Why is quality education and gender equality so important? I believe quality education and gender equality is important because gender equality means that theoretically as many girls will be allowed to go to school as boys. A quality education is the foundation to decent work which another one of the 17 sustainable development goals.

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The importance of water

When situations like water shortage occurs, it is often the more vulnerable groups in the society that are affected. In developing countries, it is often the boys and men who are prioritised if something were to happen. Problems like water shortage, the situation for many women in the world and education are interconnected because when a problem that demand a lot of man power occurs, it is often the girls who must help while the boys go to school. The boys straight up get prioritised. On average, women and children around the world spend 125 million hours a day collecting water.

An example of this is ten-year-old Violet from Zambia. She says: “Every morning I am up before the sun. Three times a day I walk two miles to fetch water for my sister, my grandmother and me. While I walk, I dream about going to school. I dream about becoming a doctor.” Every hour she spends fetching water is an hour less of schooling for girls like Violet. Many girls in developing countries do not receive any education because they are occupied by chores such as fetching water all day.

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The UN Sustainable Development Goals

The UN have created a lot of wonderful goals which they proceed to accomplish within the year 2030. I believe that they are all truly important. I have chosen to focus on number 14, which is about life below water and number 17, which is about revitalizing the global partnership for sustainable development.

As mentioned, number 14 is about conserving and sustainably use the oceans and marine resources. I believe this goal is especially important, because the oceans cover over three quarters of the Earth`s surface and contain 97 percent of the Earth`s water. It is also really important because over 3 billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods. By other means, if the ocean gets too polluted it will affect a lot of people.

I also believe goal number 17 is very important. This is because revitalizing the global partnership for sustainable development is the foundation of all the other goals. If the countries involved do not cooperate, it will not be possible to accomplish any of the pre set goals.

 

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