Act for Equal

Generation equality forum: a once in a generation opportunity

The 2021 Generation Equality Forum was a major global inflection point for gender equality, convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the governments of Mexico and France.   

The Forum brought together governments, corporations, NGOs, youth-led groups and Foundations to secure concrete, ambitious, and transformative commitments for gender equality. These are shaped by the Action Coalitions, a powerful coalition to advance gender equality over the next five years. They are the world’s roadmap for gender equality.

COVID-19 has exposed and accelerated existing gender inequalities. The impact on women and girls has been severe and disproportionate. As we begin to recover from the pandemic, we must put gender equality at the heart of that process.

To make this happen, we all need to play our part.  

Act For Equal! Join Generation Equality and show people everywhere that, together, we’re standing up for gender equality.  

How can you #ActForEqual

Use your voice

Share the campaign placards and help us draw attention to the issue.

Join the conversation

Take part in discussions on our Public Conversations platform.

Share the care load

Make sure you are sharing care-giving equally in your family. Check out this unpaid care calculator as a first step to re-balancing roles in your home.

Donate to a women’s organization

In your local community. Our Action Coalitions have found that a key gap in advancing gender equality is a lack of funding for grass-roots women’s rights organizations and movements. Research and invest in these organizations, or in women’s funds, which exist to fuel them. You can also donate to UN Women’s work.

Educate yourself

Understand the extent of the problem and learn how we can fix it:

  • Read this summary of the current status of women’s rights
  • Unpack how gender inequality affects women’s everyday lives.
  • Visualize the data on women’s representation across the world.
  • Read this book by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, or this book by Melinda Gates.
  • Check out this UN Women report on gender equality in the wake of COVID-19.

How Organizations and Businesses can #ActForEqual

Commit for equal

Make a commitment via the Action coalition process.

Use your voice

Share our campaign content and help us draw attention to the issue and encourage other businesses to join you and #ActForEqual.


The Need for Action

Feminist movements and leadership

Women make up 50% of the population, but only 25% of the leadership.


Ensure women have equal access to technology and education.

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Economic justice and rights

Women are 24% more likely to lose their jobs compared to men and can expect their labour income to fall 50% more than men’s.

(Source:  Dang, Hai-Anh H., and Cuong Viet Nguyen, "Gender Inequality during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Income, Expenditure, Savings, and Job Loss," World Development, Nov. 2020, p. 105296)

Achieve economic justice and rights for women everywhere.

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Gender based violence

Act for the 1 in 3 women experiencing violence in their lifetime. 


Coordinated action to stop violence against all women.

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Feminist action for climate justice

Act to support women's climate activism, as all women's environmental activism only receives 3% of philanthropic environmental funding.

(Source: Our Voices, Our Environment: The State of Funding for Women’s Environmental Action. Wallace Global Fund, 2018)

Build gender-equitable climate action and raise the voices of women who are disproportionally impacted by climate change.

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Technology and innovation for gender equality

Act for women globally, who are 10% less likely than men to have access to the internet.

(SOURCE: Equal Measures 2030; Bending the Curve Towards Gender Equality by 2030: Gender Data and the Generation Equality Action Coalitions, 2020)

Ensure women have equal access to technology and education.

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Bodily autonomy and sexual and reproductive health and rights

Act for the 45% of women who can’t make their own decisions about their sexual and reproductive health.

(Source: UNFPA Sustainable Goal report on SDG Goal 5.6.1)

Guarantee women’s and girls’ ability to decide about their own bodies, sexuality and reproductive choices.

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See how others around the world #ActForEqual.