As we look forward to celebrating International Women’s Day on 8th March, we asked our Gap-Year interns to share what the achievement of SDG 5 would mean to them and here’s what Claris had to say.
I believe the achievement of SDG 5 will be an automatic creation of a world that we all want to live in. The world would be a better place to live in. Achievement of SDG 5 means a decrease in the maternal mortality ratio, there will be more skilled personnel to help women deliver and therefore there will be no infant death during delivery. There would be a decrease to teenage birth rate due to easier and comfortable accessibility of contraceptives in the health care institutions. We will have an almost 100% guarantee of the safety of our infants and mothers who have delivered due to antenatal care coverage.
When health is addressed, which is the main issue that affects women, then we will be able to have more women concentrating on leadership positions. We will have women in political position such as the presidency and in company leadership such as managing directors. Women will be able to air their voices and be heard in decision-making processes in government and companies.
Achievement of goal 5 will end violence against women and any other forms of gender discrimination. Women employees will be able to earn equal salaries as their male counterparts at the workplace.
Some of the practices that dehumanise women such as Female Genital Mutilation will be put to a stop.
This means that we will have more women in Science Technology Engineering andMathematics (STEM) courses without being intimidated. We will have proud Mechanics, Engineers, Presidents, Jua Kali practitioners only to name but a few.
In summary, achieving SDG 5 in a whole is DEVELOPING BOTH GENDERS TO ENABLE THEM WORK TOGETHER IN BUILDING A BETTER SOCIETY THAT HAS ZERO GENDER DESCIMINATION.