There are insufficient resources offering sexual assault response including the use of a rape kit. There is no centralized database showing how many and which U.S. emergency rooms have those resources onsite. This means that survivors are turned away and must go to an emergency room in another city or even another state. This leaves survivors so exhausted and defeated that they give up.
Women who choose to stay in abusive relationships occupy a morally ambiguous identity category. They are at once pitied for their victimhood and shamed for their participation in it. Educating the public on how prevalent abuse actually is, and what their role can be in helping a victim is the first step towards safety for all.
It is hardly news that women—particularly women of color—are chronically underrepresented in the US tech sector. Perhaps more alarming is that the trend is headed in the wrong direction. The percentage of computing roles women hold has largely declined in the United States over the past 25 years.
In order to meet SDG 5 - Gender Equality - by 2030 we must empower all women and girls to live life to the fullest. This can only be accomplished by ensuring women and girls have equal access to all parts of society - from education, health care, and decent work opportunities, to representation in political and economic decision-making.
Currently women represent only a quarter of the technology workforce, and Black women just three percent. It is imperative to give young Black girls the skills to code so they have equal access to future jobs in technology an industry that is predicted to employ 1.4M people in the US alone.
In the US, women currently hold 24% of the jobs in computing—a level that has held steady since 2011, according to data from Girls Who Code. That percentage is likely to fall to 22% by 2025 if no new efforts are made to create and sustain young women’s interest in computing, from junior high to university.
There is not a single country in the world that has achieved gender equality. Gender equality is not a women’s issue. When women have equal rights to men, societies are healthier, wealthier, and better educated. With a pandemic slowing major goals, globally, it is important that we don't lose track of the gains we've made and plan to make toward equality.
Young children need help building their emotional intelligence and awareness. Starting discussions about emotional and mental health with young people helps create mature, self aware adults.
While scholars have studied the racial achievement gap for several decades, the mechanisms that produce this gap remain unclear.
Universities represent one of our greatest hopes for solving many of the worlds biggest challenges. Developing social impact projects with university students provides hands on experience to the SDGs and global challenges impacting humanity. Hands on experience, outside classroom theory, will install social impact and responsibility values to our next generation of leaders and humanitarians.