It is time to change the narrative about women’s potential and role in contributing to a prosperous world.
Photo: Fikerte Abebe/UN Women

04.09.2018

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Thanks to the relentless efforts of women’s rights advocates from across the globe, the commitment to gender equality features prominently and comprehensively in the 2030 Agenda, cutting across every issue. But gender equality is far more than just a human right to be achieved in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For without it, we won’t be able to master the enormous challenges that humankind faces today.

n September 2015, the 193 Member States of the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Comprising the 17 SDGs, 169 targets and 232 indicators, the 2030 Agenda tackles a broad range of global challenges, aiming to eradicate poverty, reduce multiple and intersecting inequalities, address climate change, end conflict and sustain peace. Building on the commitments and norms contained in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action of the United Nations (1995) and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (UN CEDAW, 1979), the 2030 Agenda has a clear message: “Development will only be sustainable if its benefits accrue equally to both women and men; and women’s rights will only become a reality if they are part of broader efforts to protect the planet and ensure that all people can live with dignity and respect.”

Unlike the Millennium Development Goals, there has been broad local ownership of the SDG agenda, and with that have come concerted efforts by all actors, government, donors, and indeed civil society organisations to ensure that their investments and actions “leave no-one behind”.

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