Goal 5: Gender Equality

To achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

melded symbols for male and female with an equal sign on orange square
Women and girls represent half of the world’s population and therefore also half of its potential. But, today gender inequality persists everywhere and stagnates social progress.

Women continue to be underrepresented at all levels of political leadership. Across the globe, women and girls perform a disproportionate share of unpaid domestic work.
Inequalities faced by girls can begin right at birth and follow them all their lives. In some countries, girls are deprived of access to health care or proper nutrition, leading to a higher mortality rate.

Disadvantages in education translate into lack of access to skills and limited opportunities in the labor market. Women’s and girls’ empowerment is essential to expand economic growth and promote social development. The full participation of women in labor forces would add percentage points to most national growth rates—double digits in many cases.

(Information pulled from GENDER EQUALITY: WHY IT MATTERS)

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