TEAM LEWIS Foundation has released further research from its global survey conducted with HeForShe, UN Women’s solidarity movement engaging men and boys in support of gender equality and empowerment of women. The global study revealed that Gen Z prioritises gender equality alongside enterprise and environmental issues more than any other age group.
The study revealed that gender equality is seen as the 4th most pressing societal issue for Gen Z. In comparison, the global average across all ages places it as the 7th most important issue when asked which issue is most important to people in their age group. When surveyed, Gen Z ranked economic opportunity, LGBTQ+ issues, and climate change ahead of gender equality.
While 66% of Gen Zers believe that gender equality is a serious issue, only 51% of those aged 65+ share the same view. Gen Z is also more aware that women are disproportionately affected by climate change with almost a quarter (24%) understanding that this is an issue. In comparison, just 17% of those 65 and older recognise the intersection between climate change and gender equality.
However, when it comes to climate change, all generations seemingly acknowledge the seriousness of this issue. It was ranked in the top 3 most pressing issues for all generations. Similarly, the research revealed all generations think that the issue of gender inequality and climate change is more important after learning more about it.
“Gen Z recognise the stark challenge the world faces when it comes to Enterprise, Environment and Equality,” said Samuel Dean, CEO of TEAM LEWIS Foundation. “Leaders must listen to the concerns of younger generations. Gen Z is speaking up and must be heard if we are going to have a more equal and, therefore, environmentally and economically sustainable future.”
“Gen Z are passionate about social justice.” said Edward Wageni, global head of HeForShe. “This research demonstrates that Gen Zers of all genders understand the importance of many critical issues. By acting now, working together, and listening to younger voices, it is possible that we create a better tomorrow for everyone.”
To read the full report, please visit: https://www.teamlewis.com/heforshe/