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Gender Equity and Sustainable development

Youth Advocacy Nepal (YAN) organized a youth discourse on the topic “Gender and SDG” at YAN office premises. The resource person of the program was Ms. Malati Maskey; a women rights activist and representative of Action Aid Nepal. The program was organized with as objective to build knowledge of youth on the issue of Gender and SDG. The program was hosted by Mr. Narendra Khatiwada; President of Youth Advocacy Nepal. The program started with short and informal introduction of the participants.

The resource person Ms. Malati Maskey started the presentation with the general concept of Sex and Gender. Then she shared what is gender and gender justice. She explained that gender is the range of characteristics pertaining to and differentiating between masculinity and femininity. She discussed about the social gender roles as Reproductive Role, Productive Role, Community Managing Role and Community Political Role. Then the resource person Ms. Maskey again discussed that gender justice to refer to a world where everybody, women and men, boys and girls are valued equally and are able to share equitably in the distribution of power, knowledge and resources.

Speaking at the program resource person Ms. Maskey also shared about patriarchy. Patriarchy is a family, group or government controlled by a man or a group of men. Resouce person Ms. Maskey defined that patriarchy is a social system in which males hold primary power and predominate in roles of political leadership, moral authority social privilege and control of property. She further explained that historically patriarchy has manifested itself in the social, legal, political, religious and economic organization of s range of different cultures.

In the discussion program she also discussed about women's right. Resource person of the program Ms. Malati Maskey explained that women's right is the fight for the idea that women should have equal rights with men. Over history, women rights has taken the form of gaining property right, the women's suffrage or the right of women to vote, reproductive rights and the right to work for equal pay. Next she explained about feminism. She said feminism is a range of political movements, ideologies and social movements that share a common goal to define, establish and achieve political, economic, personal and social rights for women. Further she discussed about the Sustainable Development Goals in relation to Gender Equality. At first she explained what Sustainable Development Goal is? The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), officially known as transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a set of 17 "Global Goals" with 169 targets between them. Spearheaded by the United Nations through a deliberative process involving its 193 Member States, as well as global civil society, the goals are contained in paragraph 54 United Nations Resolution A/RES/70/1 of 25 September 2015. Then she explained some positive aspect of SDG and also discussed on the topic Gender equality and SDG.

Further she explained that gender inequality persist worldwide, depriving women and girls of their basic rights and opportunities. So, a vigorous effort is required to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. She again says that equality in human capabilities, women's economic empowerment, voice participation and leadership and safety are the four major sectors to achieve gender equality. After the presentation the floor was opened for the participants for their queries, comments and suggestions. At the end of the program Mr. Narendra Khatiwada, President of YAN thanked the resource person for her valuable time and also thanked all the participants for their interactive presence.