While astounding progress has been made on critical global development issues such as poverty, health, and educational attainment, the fact is that rights and equalities – including gender equality – have actually declined in recent years, even in rich, democratic countries. Without a renewed focus on rights and equalities, any measured improvement towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will mask significant inequities in the distribution of the benefits of global economic and social development.
Can sustainable development continue at the same rapid pace of recent years if inequality is increasing? Can global prosperity really advance when half of the world’s population is not able to fully realize equal rights and experience equal opportunities to participate? And is progress really progress if it doesn’t apply to everyone? The embedded focus on women across the SDGs suggests universal agreement that the answer is “no” – and the mechanism that governments, businesses, and the development sector is relying on to resolve the issue is “women’s empowerment”.
This paper builds on work published in 2018 to apply learnings from research and evaluation in the women’s empowerment field, updating how Ipsos conceptualizes and measures women’s empowerment, and emphasizing the cultural and structural norms that must be challenged to achieve it.
[EVENT] 2019 Corporate Reputation Salon in San Francisco
September 26 - Each year, the Ipsos Global Corporate Reputation practice conducts interviews with over 150 leading communications and reputation executives globally to understand the trends, issues and concerns facing today’s reputation practitioners.
[WEBINAR] The Future of Beauty: thriving across the consumer decision journey
The Beauty industry is now more fragmented and disrupted than ever in history. Beauty companies are challenged to stay ahead and lead the trends, as well to best predict whether or not they’ve developed the next biggest innovation.
[EVENT] The State of Reputation in Canada: Today’s Context, Tomorrow’s Expectations
On May 7, please join Ipsos for an exclusive breakfast presentation about the state of reputation in Canada – how companies are performing now, the impact of the current social and economic context on trust, and how your stakeholder’s future hopes and expectations will influence your reputation in the years to come.