Goal 5, on Gender Equality, is one of the 17 Global Goals adopted by the United Nations Assembly on 25th September 2015 as part of a new sustainable development agenda to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. 

This is in recognition that gender equality and empowering all women and girls are not only central to improvements in standards of living and well-being (World Development Report 2011) but are also a fundamental Human Right and a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and Sustainable world. Here are the Targets that Goal 5 will seek to achieve:


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 Programme 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