SDG 5 - Gender equality

“There is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.”

(Galatians 3, 28)


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  • About this goal
  • Why does this goal matter to the church?
  • Where do we find inspiration?
  • What can we do?
  • Where can we find inspiration and support for our work?
  • References

About this goal

Gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, but also an essential aspect of “leaving no one behind”, in keeping with the overall theme of the Agenda 2030. All the SDGs, in their endeavor to address the major challenges of the 21st century such as poverty, inequality and violence, depend on the achievement of SDG5 - Gender Equality.

SDG5 includes targets that call for eliminating the various root causes for discrimination against women and girls in private and public spheres. A key priority is the elimination of harmful practices (target 5.3) and of violence against women at large (target 5.2), which is one of the most pervasive human rights violations in the world today.

Another target under SDG5 calls for recognizing the value of domestic work and unpaid care done mainly by women worldwide. This fundamental contribution to families, as well as the society and economy, needs to be acknowledged. The sharing of responsibilities between women and men in this task and the provision for and strengthening of social protection policies for women is central to the achievement of fair and balanced societies.
SDG 5 also calls for ensuring access to information and services related to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights. This important aspect of life relates to various other SDGs targets, including the right to health and education and the protection from harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation.

For this goal, the UN has set 9 targets. Each target has several indicators that measure the progress in order to reach the goal. Five of the targets are closely connected to current or potential activities by churches and church-related organizations: