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Four career paths to advance women’s rights


Right now, global development has the unique chance to build on the momentum of #MeToo and the changes within UN agencies and NGOs to eliminate sexual harassment, abuse and other forms of gender-based discrimination.

One of the early achievements of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has been to make clear that progress on SDG 5 to Achieve Gender Equality and Empower All Women — is not only progress for women, but it’s about progress for everyone.

Four career paths can help you make your contribution to eliminating gender inequality.


4 Leading Frameworks to Advance Women’s Rights and the Fight Against Gender Inequality


Last week, Impact Growth Lab explored four women’s rights frameworks in an article for Human Rights Careers.

We set out what the cutting-edge of work is to advance women’s rights in the coming years.

Here’s what you need to know.



Continuing the implementation of the 1979 Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women remains as urgent as ever.

Both official and shadow reporting activities provide opportunity for impact makers to hold governments and organizations to account for the elimination of formal and informal institutions that continue to hold women back.

Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action

In 2015, the 20-year review of the forward-looking 12 Critical Areas of Concern in Beijing reignited interest to push forward a holistic approach to accelerate women’s and girls’ empowerment.

Renewed opportunities are set to emerge to strengthen coordination and multi-stakeholder participation to advance women’s rights.

Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000)

The 15-year Global Study Prevent Conflict, Transforming Justice, Securing the Peace reviewed progress in protecting the rights of women in situations of conflict.

In doing so, it helped generate new ideas and impact opportunities, including expanding women’s meaningful participation in dialogues to counter violent extremism and ensure a lasting peace takes hold in their societies.

Women in Darfur, for instance, remain invisible in the ranks of peacebuilding discussions.

How can we bring new, innovative models to address their needs?

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

While critics of the SDGs are right to remain vigilant, the priority the 2030 Agenda places on women’s empowerment is leading to forward-looking initiatives that support the march towards gender equality.

Work in the SDGs framework to advance gender statistics, monitor progress to leave no woman or girl behind, and to localize action plans is starting to accelerate.


See the article for more on each of these frameworks.

Read the full post here on Human Rights Careers

Adapting your existing development background to the work emerging to implement these and other women’s rights frameworks can help you make your next career move.

Are you interested in shifting into or growing your impact in women’s rights and gender equality work? Leave a comment and let us know!

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One reply on “Four career paths to advance women’s rights”

Hi I have been working in dpko for almost 10 years now and been training on peace keeping course but now Iam interested in changing into gender mainstreaming. How can you assist me pursue this path?

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