SDG #5: Gender Equality

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#5 Gender Equality:

The purpose here is to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. This goal sets targets for women’s ability to fully participate and be provided with equal opportunities in leadership at all levels. This requires…

  • Financial services
  • Inheritance and natural resource access
  • Equal access to enabling technologies, particularly in information and communication, that promotes empowerment
  • Ownership and control over land and other forms of property

It also challenges society to recognize the value of unpaid care and domestic work through actions such as the provision of public services, better infrastructure, social protection policies, and the promotion of shared responsibilities. Mainly, the gender equality goal stresses the full eradication of not just discrimination, but violence against women in both the public and private sphere. This includes, but is not limited to trafficking, sexual exploitation, and harmful cultural practices (prevalent in developing countries) such as early forced marriages and female genital mutilation. Finally, it calls for the adoption of sound policies and enforceable legislation to see such targets are being met.

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Targets included within this goal:


End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere


Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation


Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation


Recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate


Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life


Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences


Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, in accordance with national laws


Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women


Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels

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