SDG 5 is unique in focusing on one population group: girls and women. However, its achievement requires strong progress for girls and women across every other SDG.
SDG 5 creates clear linkages between its overall goal of gender equality and the empowerment of women, including its own targets on ending discrimination and eliminating violence against women, and other SDG targets that reflect specific gender issues: the SDG 3 targets for family planning and reproductive health; the SDG 4 targets for gender parity in education; and the SDG 16 targets on the elimination of sexual exploitation and trafficking, among many others. SDG 5 is also aspirational.
While no nation on earth has ended discrimination against women, target 5.1 represents a catalytic call to action. Other targets were hotly contested, including 5.4 on recognising and valuing unpaid care and domestic work, and 5.6 on universal access to sexual and reproductive health.
Their very presence within the final SDG agenda provides a strong mandate for advocacy on responsive and transformative legislation and for far greater investment in girls and women.
The 2019 SDG Gender Index examines gender focused issues and data under SDG 5 and provides a more complete picture of both the goal itself and its relationship to gender equality. Explore the included issues and indicators below.
Below is an overview of other important gender equality issues related to this SDG that are not currently reflected in the 2019 SDG Gender Index due to data gaps.
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“I am a guy, but I call myself a grassroots woman. I want to teach other men that it does not matter if you are a man or a woman – we are all human beings of equal worth.”
“We know we have rights, but we have to put them in action. There are laws for girls and boys, but we must choose to be informed and demand them.”
“Before we only had videos, now we have numbers, too. This really helps with our advocacy work and we see that the situation for girls and women is improving.”
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