SDG 5 — Gender Equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

The Targets


End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere


Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation


Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation


Recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate


Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life


Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Program of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences


Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, in accordance with national laws


Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women


Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels


  1. Metadata compilation for Goal 5— as of March 31, 2016.
SDG 5 — Targets and Indicators

2. UN Women and UNFPA Presentation on indicators for Goal 5 at the 3rd Meeting of the IAEG-SDG

UN Women presentation to the 3rd Meeting of the IAEG-SDG
UNFPA Presentation at the 3rd Meeting of the IAEG-SDG

3. United Nations Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform, from the Department of Economic and Social Affairs

4. The Sustainable Development Goals Fund

5. UN Women

  • UN entity for Gender Equality and empowerment of Women created in 2010. The foremost UN agency dedicated to Goal 5.

6. UNICEF Gender

  • UN agency dedicated to the needs of children and women in developing countries. Tracks data in relation to Goal 5, along with other goals.

7. The United Nations Population Fund

  • UN agency dedicated to women, childbirth, and children. Main topics of concern include women’s health, gender equality, and access for developing nations to population needs.

8. World Health Organization

  • Tying in with Goal 3, and other SDGs, WHO leads in data collection and analysis for SDGs concerning all forms of health for women, children, and the poor.

9. United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner

10. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

  • Focuses on women refugees in regards to Goal 5.

11. Inter-Parliamentary Union

  • International organization of parliaments, works closely with the UN. Will oversee the data of women in government positions.

12. The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women

  • Expert body established by the UN in 1928. Another UN member dedicated to the work of Goal 5.

13. Multiple UN campaigns

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