UNIVERSAL PRAYER INTENTION:
Respect for Women
“That in every country of the world, women may be honored and respected and that their essential contribution to society may be highly esteemed.”
Achieving gender equality through the empowerment of women and girls is number five on the United Nations’ list of Sustainable Development Goals to achieve by 2030.
While the world has achieved progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment under the Millennium Development Goals, women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence in every part of the world.
Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.
UN Sustainable Development Goal 5 aims to provide women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large.