The 2019 theme Think equal, build smart, innovate for change focuses on innovative ways in which we can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure.

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The achievement of the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires transformative shifts, integrated approaches and new solutions, particularly when it comes to advancing gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.

"We need to find innovative ways of reimagining and rebuilding our world so that it works for everyone. Women decision-makers in areas like urban design, transport and public services can increase women’s access, prevent harassment and violence, and improve everyone’s quality of life" - stressed Secretary-General in his message on the International women's day 2019.

Echoing the priority theme of the sixty-third session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63), in 2019 we look to industry leaders, game-changing start-ups, social entrepreneurs, gender equality activists, and women innovators to examine the ways in which innovation can remove barriers and accelerate progress for gender equality, encourage investment in gender-responsive social systems, and build services and infrastructure that meet the needs of women and girls.

The Republic of Belarus is marked by a high level of gender equality. Women make up more than 53% of the population and 49.6% of the employed in the economy. They realize themselves in almost all spheres of activity.

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"The fact, that the status of women is increasing is the result of a consistent gender policy in our country. We are implementing the national action plan for gender equality for 2017-2020. As a result, the perception of equality issues in society is changing," - said Marina Artemenko, Deputy head of the Department of population, gender and family policy.

According to the report "Global report on gender gap – 2018 ", presented at the world economic forum, Belarus takes 28th place in the overall ranking of the gender gap in the world. Such high rates are achieved due to several factors:

- high level of women's education; 

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level of maternal and child health;

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- higher life expectancy for women;

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- wider representation at the decision-making level;

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However, despite many positive factors, women are still in a less favourable position at the labour market. Thus, among the men-servants managers make up 41%, and among female employees - only 17%.

The key goals of the 2030 Agenda are:

  • to end all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere
  • Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation
  • Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation
  • Recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate
  • Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decisionmaking in political, economic and public life

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On 8 March 2019, join us as we celebrate a future in which innovation and technology creates unprecedented opportunities for women and girls to play an active role in building more inclusive systems, efficient services and sustainable infrastructure to accelerate the achievement of the SDGs and gender equality.

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