Sustainable Development Goal 5 requires UN Member States to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030. 

This came into force in January 2016, as one of the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development agreed in September 2015 to end extreme poverty, inequality and climate change through a partnership between the state, private sector and civil society.

Unlike the Millenium Development Goals which they build on, these are universal and not just aimed at developing countries. The underlying principle is “leave no-one behind”, to ensure that the most marginalised are reached.

The targets under SDG 5 require a transformative approach. They are:

  • End all forms of discrimination against women and girls everywhere
  • Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls
  • Eliminate all harmful practices
  • Recognise and value unpaid care and domestic work
  • Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership
  • Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights
  • Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources
  • Enhance the use of enabling technology to promote the empowerment of women
  • Adopt and strengthen sound policies and legislation for the promotion of gender equality

How can SDG5 be achieved in the UK?

Committee Chair Maria Miller said:

“The UK Government has signed up to end all discrimination and violence against women and girls by 2030, under the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development. We welcome this ambitious goal and our inquiry will scrutinise plans to achieve it. We’re calling for evidence from individuals and organisations on how these goals can be most effectively met in the UK.”

UKSSD submitted evidence to the inquiry, which you can read here. UKSSD partners were given the opportunity to input to the evidence, and we would like to thank everyone that contributed.

The Committee has now published all the written evidence that was submitted to the inquiry.