Securing equality of opportunity for males and females
Reducing inequality of opportunity between men and women Equalizing gender opportunities
The principle of equality of opportunity and treatment between men and women is widely accepted in most countries of the world. Yet in practice inequalities persist on a global basis. This challenge is complex. It comprises substantive issues of equity, respect for fundamental human rights, human resource development, women's contribution to national development and the standards and values of societies. Despite the fact that the issues are well-known and have been addressed in national and international circles for many years, progress towards equality has been slow.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a collaboration between UIA and Mankind 2000, started in 1972. It is the result of an ambitious effort to collect and present information on the problems with which humanity is confronted, as well as the challenges such problems pose to concept formation, values and development strategies. Problems included are those identified in international periodicals but especially in the documents of some 60,000 international non-profit organizations, profiled in the Yearbook of International Organizations.
The Encyclopedia includes problems which such groups choose to perceive and act upon, whether or not their existence is denied by others claiming greater expertise. Indeed such claims and counter-claims figure in many of the problem descriptions in order to reflect the often paralyzing dynamics of international debate. In the light of the interdependence demonstrated among world problems in every sector, emphasis is placed on the need for approaches which are sufficiently complex to encompass the factions, conflicts and rival worldviews that undermine collective initiative towards a promising future.
Non-profit, apolitical, independent, and non-governmental in nature, the UIA has been a pioneer in the research, monitoring and provision of information on international organizations, international associations and their global challenges since 1907.