Gender Equality

While the world has achieved progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment under the Millennium Development Goals (including equal access to primary education between girls and boys), women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence in every part of the world.

Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.

Providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large.

Learn more about SDG 5, including facts, figures, targets and links to more information.

 

Sustainable Development Goals Explained: Gender Equality

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Published on Oct 15, 2015

United Nations - To achieve Goal 5 of the sustainable development agenda, the international community must commit to achieving gender equality in the next 15 years. Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, explains how this mission is entirely possible.