SDG 5 'gender equality'

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SDG 5 aims to achieve gender equality by ending all forms of discrimination, violence, and harmful practices against women and girls in the public and private spheres. It also recognises the importance of universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights for combating gender inequality.

SDG 5 calls for

  • equal rights
  • recognition and value of unpaid care and domestic work
  • access to economic and natural resources, technology, basic and financial services and property
  • full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of political and economic decision-making for women

The adoption of sound gender equality policies and legislationis viewed as essential for eliminating gender discrimination and fostering women’s empowerment.

In the EU context, monitoring SDG 5 focuses the topics of gender-based violence, education, employment, and leadership positions.

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