The journey towards gender equality in the developed world is one thing—but in the developing world, it’s another thing entirely. Lola Akinmade Åkerström explores some of the global initiatives that are empowering women, and asks what travelers can also do to help.

Decades ago, the mere mention of the year 2020 would have brought with it bold, hopeful and high-tech visions of the future—from innovation and artificial intelligence to societal evolution, sustainability, and equity.

We’re finally in 2020, but one issue we thought we’d have figured out by now—gender equality—continues to be a work-in-progress.

While many countries, especially the Nordics, are making strides when it comes to gender equality, women continue to be disenfranchised and marginalized across the globe—particularly in the developing world.