While the world has achieved progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment under the Millennium Development Goals (including equal access to primary education between girls and boys), women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence in every part of the world.
Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. Unfortunately, at the current time, 1 in 5 women and girls between the ages of 15-49 have reported experiencing physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner within a 12-month period and 49 countries currently have no laws protecting women from domestic violence. Progress is occurring regarding harmful practices such as child marriage and FGM (Female Genital Mutilation), which has declined by 30% in the past decade, but there is still much work to be done to complete eliminate such practices.
Providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large. Implementing new legal frameworks regarding female equality in the workplace and the eradication of harmful practices targeted at women is crucial to ending the gender-based discrimination prevalent in many countries around the world.
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HOW WE HELPED
The group conducted research to find 23 powerful South African women. Above are the 23 women that was decided on. These women had to be narrowed down to only 14. A voting system was created to involve the rest of the class in the choosing process of the final 14 women that will be showcased.
A voting sheet was created showing all 23 women as well as a small description of each of them. These sheets were distributed to the entire class. The class was able to choose their top 14 women. This method of elimination ensured a democratic and diverse outcome.
The next sheet created was the sheet that each group member of the research group used to count the votes. The votes were split up between all 8 members with each member jotting down the votes for each woman.
The final tally sheet was created so that each members separate vote count could be added up to gather 14 chosen women. After gathering the final 14 women the client required a more diverse group of women. Women of different generations and fields of occupation had to be researched. Each group member researched 1-2 more women
After researching more women another voting session took place. This time the lecturers and group members worked through the researched women together to narrow them down to a reasonable amount. Afterwards the client chose from the remaining women to narrow them down to the final 18 women that will be showcased on the stand.
WHAT WE DID
This is the list of the final 18 women that were chosen. This list consists out of a diverse group of women from different occupational fields as well as heritages. These women all have different characteristics as well as achievements that will empower, inspire and encourage women.
- Anneline Kriel
- Irma Stern
- Mihlali Ndamese
- PJ Powers
- Ferial Haffajee
- Viwe Mtwesi
- Esther Mahlangu
- Penelope “Penny” Heyns
- Amy Kleinhans
- Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters
- Devi Govender
- Thuli Madonsela
- Caster Semenya
- Albertina Sisulu
- Charlene, Princess of Monaco
- Miriam Makeba
The final solution was sustainable as it left a positive effect on the community. The women that engaged with the stand would feel empowered, inspired and encouraged by the final chosen women that will be showcased. The women will leave with a positive experience and hopefully this will encourage change in the community towards a more gender equal environment. The process of researching and eliminating certain information encouraged the growing of the groups knowledge of research methodology. Overall the final information was carefully chosen and evaluated, ensuring quality and detailed solutions.