Gender equality refers to the equal rights,
responsibilities and opportunities of women and men and girls and boys.
Equality does not mean that women and men will become the same but that
women's and men's rights, responsibilities and opportunities will not depend on
whether they are born male or female.
Gender equality implies that the interests, needs and priorities of both
women and men are taken into consideration - recognizing the diversity of
different groups of women and men.
Gender equality is not a 'women's issue' but should concern and fully
engage men as well as women.
Equality between women and men is seen both as a human rights issue
and as a precondition for, and indicator of, sustainable people-centered
(UN Office of the Special Advisor on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women: