7 in 10 women experience physical or sexual violence.


Goal 5: Gender Equality

End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere.


End discrimination against women and girls

End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere.


End all violence against and exploitation of women and girls

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 forced marriages and genital mutilation

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


Value unpaid care and promote shared domestic responsibilities

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 full participation in leadership and decision-making

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


Universal access to reproductive health and rights

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.


Equal rights to economic resources, property ownership and financial services

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.


Promote empowerment of women through technology

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


Adopt and strengthen policies and enforceable legislation for gender equality

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.

Current Situation

Women and girls must have equal rights and opportunity and be able to live free of violence and discrimination. Women’s equality and empowerment is integral to all dimensions of inclusive and sustainable development.

Ending all forms of discrimination against women and girls is not only a basic human right, but it also affects all other development areas. Since 2000, the United Nations Development Programme has made gender equality central to their work, with some remarkable successes.

More girls are now in school than were 15 years ago, and most regions have reached gender parity in primary education. Women now make up to 41 percent of paid workers outside of agriculture, compared to 35 percent in 1990.

41 %

of paid workers outside of agriculture are women

Impact Opportunity

Young women from around the world are benefitting from the progress behind gender equality and the struggle for transparency. The United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against women has supported many programs that offer safety and financial opportunities to at-risk women. Other United Nations programs support women-owned farms, fund health clinics where women can receive birth control and pregnancy services and provide academic opportunities and career services.

In several countries, gender equality is being supported by implementing equal pay and benefit packages, providing access and services for dependent and youth daycare programs, and establishing zero-tolerance sexual harassment policies at work. Women-owned businesses and entrepreneurs are also being offered more financial opportunities and grants from all sectors.

Young women from around the world are benefitting from the progress behind gender equality and the struggle for transparency.


Shared Datasets

Provides datasets on households across the globe including marriages, fertility rates, adolescent fertility, etc.

Database with data regarding breastfeeding conditions of women worldwide.

Database providing data from family planning surveys conducted in various countries.

The United Nations Protocol and Liaison Service maintains a list of Heads of State, Heads of Government, and Ministers for Foreign Affairs of all Member States based on the information provided by the Permanent Missions.

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) tracks monthly rankings of the percentage of women in parliament from January 2019 onwards through Parline, a free resource with over 600 data points provided directly by national parliaments on their structure, composition, working methods, and activities.

The University of Oxford and Qatar Computing Research Institute(QCRI), with support from Data2X, are collaborating to measure digital gender gaps in real time.

Ongoing Research

The Spotlight Initiative is a global initiative by the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.

This project was started to address the need for smartphones by women- in particular rural women in India. A workshop in April 2019 led to design principles to address the gender gap in technology and present replicable concept solutions.

Decent Jobs for Youth is a unique multi-stakeholder platform focused on the promotion of youth employment by addressing fragmentation and catalyzing effective, innovative and evidence-based action at country and regional levels.



The effect of cash-based interventions on gender outcomes in development and humanitarian settings

Goal Partners

UN Women

UN Women works to empower women and girls across all of it’s programs and advocacy., with stepped-up action on gender equality across the world.

HeForShe Campaign

HeForShe works to encourage men and people of all genders to stand in solidarity with women to create a bold, visible and united force for gender equality.

Every Woman Every Child Initiative

Every Woman Every Child mobilizes and intensifies international and national action by governments, multi-laterals, the private sector, and civil society to address the major health challenges facing women, children and adolescents around the world.

Plan International

Plan International is a development and humanitarian organization working in over 75 countries engaging people and partners to empower communities to make vital changes that tackle the root causes of discrimination against girls, exclusion, and vulnerability.

We’re applying Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to measure and accelerate progress on the United Nations SDGs. » Learn more

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