Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

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During the World Economic Forum in Davos, Márcia Balisciano, Corporate Responsibility Director at RELX Group, spoke about how women are advancing the 17 SDGs in a panel empowering women to advance the goals.
The #MeToo and #Time’sUp movements are bringing more focus to the issue of equal pay for women causing employers to take gender pay equity more seriously, with some reporting success. This Blog relates to Goal 5, discussing gender equality.
The deadline for employers to report their gender pay gaps passed at midnight on 4 April. At that point, 10,016 organisations had uploaded their data to the government's gender pay gap reporting website.
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Embracing gender equality, decent work and reduced inequalities are important to SDGs 5, 8 and 10. This article discusses how US workplace are becoming increasingly diverse, and organizations use this to create a competitive advantage.
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The goal of SDG 5 is to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. The issue of sexual harassment is now at the forefront thanks to the #metoo movement and the countless women coming forward with stories of facing harassment and inappropriate conduct at work. As a result, organizations are starting to change their policies and practices with a renewed awareness and emphasis on training.
In de Souza E Souza v Primark Stores Ltd, the employment tribunal awarded £47,433 to a transgender employee who suffered harassment and recommended that the employer adopt a written policy on how to deal with new and existing staff who are transgender or who wish to undergo gender reassignment. This advances goal 8 (decent work and economic growth), goal 10 (reduced inequalities) and goal 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions).
In Guisado v Bankia SA and others, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) held that there is nothing in EU law to prevent a pregnant worker from being included in collective redundancies. This sets out legal implications for pregnant workers and aligns with goal 5.
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This article is taken from the series "The View From Here", in which farming women from around the world give an insight into rural life. From the challenges of making an income to support the family and local economy to dealing with extreme weather and untamed lands, these women give their unique perspective on working in a male-dominated industry. It helps to highlight the importance of SDG 5, Gender equality.
In the UK, gender pay gap reporting legislation will require large employers to publish their overall mean and median gender pay gaps from 2018. XpertHR highlights its useful tools including frequently asked questions relating to unequal pay, and legal guidance on the new legislation. The Regulations contribute to advancing SDG 10.4 to adopt policies, wage and social protection policies to progressively achieve greater equality.
As part of the UK Government’s Women in Finance Charter, 72 firms have agreed to publish progress on gender equality annually, ahead of gender pay reporting Regulations in 2017. Sixty firms in the UK have committed to having at least 30% of women in senior roles by 2021. Thirteen finance companies are aiming to have complete gender parity in senior roles by 2021. These steps directly align with SDG 10.4 to adopt policies, wage and social protection policies, to progressively achieve greater equality.

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