UN SDG 5 Gender Equality Next Steps
2020 saw the launch of our series of online Community Conversations to help promote the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals locally to show how our work enables us to ‘think global and act local.' Our focus in March has been on UNSDG 5: Gender Equality. We had an insightful and meaningful discussion with donors and the community groups we fund on their behalf, bringing people together to discuss local solutions.
We got to hear from a range of local practitioners on their work, challenges and approaches in supporting gender equality across Northamptonshire. This included the work and contributions from Dostiyo Asian Women and Girls Organisation, Rush2TheDen, Good Loaf CIC, Avon Cosmetics Ltd and the Royal and Derngate Theatre. We heard from our donors, friends and trustees on the challenges of addressing and tackling gender equality, urgent priorities and the importance of the role of the foundation in providing funds as a place-based grant maker to community groups and charities which are on the frontline of working with residents who need local support to achieve gender equality.
Each Community Conversation will provide an opportunity to come up with an initial action plan to improve activity and work in helping achieve each UN SDG by 2030. You spoke and we listened. As a result, these are the next actions we will be taking to support work on achieving good health and wellbeing locally. This is our commitment to you.
Northamptonshire Community Foundation commits to the following actions to help achieve UN SDG 5: Gender Equality in Northamptonshire:
Increased access to education and employment opportunities: we will commit to working alongside donors and supporting a call for projects that provide increased access to education and employment opportunities for under-represented genders in Northamptonshire.
Investment to tackle domestic violence and abuse: we will commit to funding projects that provide help, guidance and support to tackling domestic violence and abuse including preventative projects for women, children and their families, protection services including family refuges and rebuilding programmes for survivors.
Inclusion of BAME communities and acknowledging intersectionality: we will commit to ensuring that we reach out to all communities to fund projects that especially address and tackle multiple barriers in our community and who additionally face discrimination due to gender and ethnicity, class, age, disability, sexuality, geography, mental health and poverty.
Education for young people on gender equality: we will work with donors and partners to direct funding towards projects that support the education of children and young people within community settings about gender equality and to help challenge negative stereotypes and reduce discrimination of marginalised genders within local communities and to highlight the benefits of a gender equal world.