Gender equality

International Women's Day 

"Gender discrimination blocks progress. Equality makes it possible to achieve huge breakthroughs" --- Ban Ki Moon, UN Secretary General, August 2012.

More than 30 years after the introduction of the Sex Discrimination act in Britain, both men and women continue to be unfairly treated on the grounds of their gender.

The core aim of UNA Wales is to promote a greater equality of opportunity for all men and women across Wales and the World, in the hope of developing a modern female, and male, sense of self (and sense of other). Thus, endorsing a mindset that appreciates difference, but fails to let said differences divide, or allow for discrimination, therefore hoping to propel gender equality into the core thinking of everyday life. UNA Wales works to raise awareness of inequalities, and educate how we can avoid such a problem, although, changing a state of mind is no small task.

UNA Wales’ policies on gender equality are practical, positive, and relevant to Wales, the UK, and the World. We endeavour to challenge archaic modes of thinking, and rally Welsh persons who are in favour of a fairer society.


Working towards gender equality in education

Ensuring that gender equality is of the utmost import in education. UNA Wales is researching the state of gender inequality in schools across Wales, and has also prepared a KS4 lesson plan, entitled ‘Beyond pink and blue: A lesson plan examining how gender stereotyping affects relationships’.
>> Beyond Pink and Blue: Lesson Plan PDF
>> Beyond Pink and Blue: Powerpoint


Free online E-module: Working towards Gender Equality

UNA Wales has also developed an E-module entitled 'Working Towards Gender Equality'.

This educative device is aimed at everyone hoping to engage with the topic in an interactive way, using informative data. 

Test your knowledge on gender equality

CEDAW and Wales


UNA Wales believes in an all encompassing approach, championing the UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).  CEDAW places obligations on state parties, to eliminate discrimination against women
, which is defined as:

"...any distinction, exclusion or restriction made on the basis of sex which has the effect or purpose of impairing or nullifying the recognition, enjoyment or exercise by women, irrespective of their marital status, on a basis of equality of men and women, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural, civil or any other field." (Article 1 CEDAW)

The Convention provides a framework for States to take responsibility for tackling discrimination against women and achieving substantive equality for women in both the private and public spheres. It outlines a set of rights for women in all fields (civil, political, economic, social and cultural) and is the only human rights treaty which affirms the reproductive rights of women. By signing-up to the Convention, States commit themselves to undertake a series of measures to:

  • end all forms of discrimination against women;
  • protect women’s rights; and
  • promote equality within the legal system, public institutions and other organisations and amongst individuals.

Although the UK has acceded to the Convention, Wales, as a devolved nation, receives little more than a page or two in the periodic report that all nations who accept CEDAW must present. Therefore, the intricacies of gender inequality in Wales are overlooked. UNA Wales urges the Welsh Assembly Government, alongside other Welsh organisations, to sign on to CEDAW, and allow the march of women to continue.

More information on CEDAW

Progress with CEDAW in Wales


In June 2012 the Women's Equality Network Wales submitted a shadow report to the CEDAW commission on the situation in Wales.

Women's Equality Network Wales is a community of both individuals and organisations that are working to promote the rights of women in all sphered of Welsh life.

To view the report submitted by WEN Wales to the commission please click here. PLease note that the report was obtained from the WEN Wales website which can be found here.

Useful Publications

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There have been a number of reports produced in recent years that give a good insight into the condition of gender equality in Wales.

One organisation working on the issue of gender equality in The Electoral Reform Society which is an independent campaigning organsiation working to champion the rights of voters in the UK and working to building a better democracy.

The Electoral Reform Society publications list can be found here which is where the original link for the 2011 report on 'Women's Representation in Scotland and Wales' can be found.To download the report

In May 2013 The Electoral Reform Society also produced the 'Welsh Power Report: Women in Public Life' which lists up to date statistics on female representation within Wales. This report can also be found on the Electoral Reform Society's website as linked above, and can be downloaded here



The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is a Non Departmental Public Body (NDPB), established under the Equality Act 2006 as a corporate body. Their sponsor department is the Government Equalities Office (GEO). They enjoy a statutory remit to promote, protect and enforce human rights as well as challenging discrimination.The EHCR has a great list of publications related to equality issues, the library can be found here.

The 2012 EHRC report entitled 'Who Runs Wales?' gives up to date information regarding female and male employment in different sectors and is a useful comparative resource. This report can be downloaded here.

UNA Wales: Gender equality reading list

UNA Wales believes that to quash the systemic gender inequalities present in our society, it is important to challenge old fashioned notions of gender, and, from an early age, allow children to explore what it means to be a boy, or a girl in modern Britain. In short, we can be whoever we want to be! Boys can be florists, and girls can be footballers! 

UNA Wales has prepared a list of books, relevant to age, which we believe will place gender equality at the forefront of classroom activity.

It is proposed that the week commencing the 19 November, until Friday 23 November, should be utilised as a week celebrating gender equality. This week has been chosen, as it falls around the 20 November: Universal Children’s Day, and the 25 November: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

There is a great need to push for gender equality in all aspects of life, and by giving Wales’ children an education not tainted by gender stereotypes, together we can stamp out gender discrimination in schools for good.

Download the UNA Wales gender equality reading list (PDF)

UNA Wales Gender Equality: Helpful links

WEN Wales


IWA Women

UN Women



Welsh Assembly Government

Women's Resource Network
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