SDG 9 aims to promote the development of quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure; inclusive and sustainable industrialisation; and innovations in information and communications technologies.
The goal recognises that transforming economies to make them truly inclusive and sustainable depends on the right policies related to infrastructure, industries, and innovations. While the process of development and technological innovation may seem gender neutral, often it is not: for example, medical research has historically been blind to biological sex differences in women’s tolerance, side effects and benefits from drugs and treatments. Evidence shows that gender-blindness in research and innovation can result in products and technologies that cause physical harm to women and girls. And, related to industry and trade, while international competitiveness and technological change are heavily subsidised by women’s low wages, women workers can be exploited or displaced as industries upgrade technologically.
As research, innovation, and new industries increasingly drive the knowledge economy and form the backbone of global economic growth, gender-sensitive policies and concerted investment in women and girls’ education and training are critical.
The 2019 SDG Gender Index examines gender focused issues and data under SDG 9 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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“Previously, when you wanted to raise an issue with the Government you had to send a formal letter that often just ended up lying on their desk. Today, we can send Government Officials our videos directly via the messenger app What´s App or YouTube.”
Q: Thinking ahead to 2023, what single indicator or metric would best enable policymakers to know if real progress has been made on gender equality?
A: More women in legislative seats! Even better- women of COLOR!
A significant majority of households in developing countries—more than 75% of the population—are living today in societies where income is more unequally distributed than it was in the 1990s.
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