Skip main navigation

£199.99 £139.99 for one year of Unlimited learning. Offer ends on 28 February 2023 at 23:59 (UTC). T&Cs apply

Find out more

Towards 2030

Read as Dr Maree Pardy summarises Sustainable Development Goal 5 to achieve global gender equality from the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
United nations flag caught by the wind.
© Deakin University

Goal 5 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development plan sets out to achieve global gender equality by 2030.

In addition to the 2012 World Bank report, another turning point came in 2015 when the United Nations adopted a 15-year plan to achieve sustainable global development in its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

For the first time, one of its goals was specifically devoted to gender equality.

Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG5)

Goal 5 of the 2030 Agenda explicitly sets out to ‘achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls’, and identifies six key priorities:

  1. Gender rights through legal processes
  2. Violence against women
  3. Child marriage
  4. Female genital cutting
  5. Burden of unpaid care and domestic work
  6. Parliamentary representation of women

Each of these areas has targets to monitor progress towards the goal.

Gender and Equality infographic
Select the image for a PDF version. Source: SDG5, United Nations (2015)©.

Your task

Read more about SDG5 and reflect on what progress has been on this.

Referring to the reported progress of this goal in 2019, what further progress do you think has been achieved since then?

Taking the perspective of either a government or non-government organisation, what more could be done?

Use the comments to present your ideas and don’t forget to extend the conversation by responding to the posts of other learners.

© Deakin University
This article is from the free online

Gender and Development

Created by
FutureLearn - Learning For Life

Our purpose is to transform access to education.

We offer a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

We believe learning should be an enjoyable, social experience, so our courses offer the opportunity to discuss what you’re learning with others as you go, helping you make fresh discoveries and form new ideas.
You can unlock new opportunities with unlimited access to hundreds of online short courses for a year by subscribing to our Unlimited package. Build your knowledge with top universities and organisations.

Learn more about how FutureLearn is transforming access to education