Women and society

Whilst the last century has seen significant progress of women's empowerment, there are still many inequalities which plague the lives of women today. Black and Minority Ethnic women in the UK face additional barriers to achieving equality. In common with all women they face gender discrimination, but in addition they are also recipients of racial and religious discrimination.

According to UNICEF:

  • 75 million children of whom 41 million are girls, do not go to primary school.
  • Of the world's 796 million illiterate adults, two thirds are women
  • Data shows that at least one in every three woman is a survivor of some form of gender-based violence
  • Girls between 13 and 18 years of age constitute the largest group in the sex industry. It is estimated that around 500,000 girls below 18 are victims of trafficking each year
  • More than 80 per cent of the world's 35 million refugees and displaced people are women and children

Listed below are some areas you may wish to explore when looking at women and equality. Please visit the main section of the NUTs websitefor updated information on campaigns, advice and guidance on workplace issues and much more.

The right to vote
Equal Pay & The Equal Pay Act 1970
Global issues affecting women and girls
Women and poverty
Violence against women and girls
Gender stereotyping