SDG5 is the all-encompassing goal among the 17 sustainable development goals, since gender equality needs to be achieved for each of the goals to be successful. We cannot leave 50% of the entire population behind, if we want to progress towards meeting the 2030 Agenda.

Equality of rights affects one and all. Feminism is for men as much as it is for women. Irrespective of gender, the world needs to come together for transformative action. Women are no longer passive citizens; they are becoming active in raising their voice and changing the world. All we need to do is let them. Or as said in the speech of the UN Secretary-General António Guterres, “Make this the century of Women’s equality.”

Most related SDGs

· SDG 1 · SDG 4 · SDG8 and SDG10

Facts and Figures

· In Germany, a woman is killed every 3 days. In most cases, such crimes are committed either by a partner, or the family. (Source)

· Women in half the World still denied ownership of land and have no property rights (World Bank, 2019)

· 60% of those living in extreme poverty are women.

· Afghanistan is the world’s most unsafe country for women.

Female genital mutilation, sexual violence and rapes, trafficking women are crimes that are still continuously committed in the 21st century.

Best Performing countries in SDG5: Gender Equality

Norway

Join in

· Make it a practice to watch women in business, politics or sports. Follow women athletes, talk about women writers and support women entrepreneurs. Spread their news and encourage young girls to become anything they want.

· Women are paid on average 14.8 % below as gross hourly earnings than those of men in the EU (Source). Practice insisting on equal salary for equal work as much as possible.

Book Recommendation

The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love by Sonya Renee Taylor

The Book offers an unapologetic read into discovering self-love, self-worth, and value, and empowers women by enabling them to connect with their bodies and souls.

Movie Recommendation: Queen of Katwe, 2016. Director: Mira Nair. The movie is a story of hope and courage on how a Ugandan girl changes her destiny as she takes matters into her own hand. (Watch the trailer here)