Turning promises into action – Gender equality in the Agenda 2030

The new flagship report of the UN Women Organization uncovers significant gaps for women’s empowerment and puts forth a robust agenda to shift gears. It spotlights inequalities and challenges faced by women and identifies gaps and opportunities for gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

UN Women has launched its new flagship report “Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. The report provides concrete evidence and data to demonstrate the pervasive nature of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere, and puts forth actionable recommendations on how to fulfil the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Two and a half years after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, this first-of-its-kind report examines the progress and challenges in the implementation of all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through a gender lens. The Agenda’s focus on peace, equality and sustainability provides a powerful counter-narrative to the current rise of conflict, exclusion and environmental degradation. Yet, women are up against an unprecedented set of challenges in all these areas, and urgent action is needed to address them.

The report highlights how, in the lives of women and girls, different dimensions of well-being and deprivation are deeply intertwined: a girl who is born into a poor household and forced into early marriage, for example, is more likely to drop out of school, give birth at an early age, suffer complications during childbirth, and experience violence – all of which is addressed by SDG targets  –than a girl from a higher-income household who marries at a later age.

The report also looks beyond national averages to uncover the yawning gaps between women and girls who, even within the same country, are living worlds apart because of their income status, race/ethnicity, or where they live. In the United States, poverty rates among black, Native American and Alaskan Native women more than double those of white and Asian women, while disparities in education are also staggering. Thirty-eight per cent of Hispanic women in the poorest quintile did not complete high school, compared to a national average of ten per cent. Other case studies and data sets from the report take an in-depth look at the situation in Colombia, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa, and Uruguay.

(UN-Women/wi)

More information:

The report and its executive summary are online available: Turning promises into action – Gender equality in the Agenda 2030