Women and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Gender equality is a right. Fulfilling this right is the best chance we have in meeting some of the most pressing challenges of our time—from economic crisis and lack of health care, to climate change, violence against women and escalating conflicts.

Women are not only more affected by these problems, but also possess ideas and leadership to solve them. The gender discrimination still holding too many women back, holds our world back too. 

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by world leaders in 2015, embody a roadmap for progress that is sustainable and leaves no one behind.

Achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment is integral to each of the 17 goals. Only by ensuring the rights of women and girls across all the goals will we get to justice and inclusion, economies that work for all, and sustaining our shared environment now and for future generations.

This editorial package showcases UN Women’s 2018 flagship report, “Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda.” It features data, stories, videos and publications that illustrate how and why gender equality matters across all the Sustainable Development Goals, and how the goals affect the real lives of women and girls everywhere.

  • Women and the Sustainable Development Goals
  • SDG 1: No poverty
  • SDG 2: Zero hunger
  • SDG 3: Good health and well-being
  • SDG 4: Quality education
  • SDG 5: Gender equality
  • SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation
  • SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy
  • SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth
  • SDG 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • SDG 10: Reduced inequalities
  • SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities
  • SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production
  • SDG 13: Climate action
  • SDG 14: Life below water
  • SDG 15: Life on land
  • SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions
  • SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda

UN Women’s flagship report demonstrates through evidence, new data and analysis how women and girls are faring across the world, and what it will take to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Download the report»

Video: The facts about gender equality and the Sustainable Development Goals

More than two years into the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, gender equality is fundamental to delivering on the promises of sustainability, peace and human progress. How far have we come in turning the 2030 Agenda into results for women and girls on the ground, and what is needed to bridge the remaining gaps between rhetoric and reality?

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How do the 17 Sustainable Development Goals impact women and girls worldwide? 

Join the conversation to learn key facts, share unique stories, and see how we can reduce inequalities. Hashtags: #PromisesToAction #GlobalGoals

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Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

UN Women’s new flagship report provides a comprehensive and authoritative assessment of progress, gaps and challenges in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from a gender perspective. The report monitors global and regional trends in achieving the SDGs for women and girls based on available data, and provides practical guidance for the implementation of gender-responsive policies and accountability processes.

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SDGs and Gender Equality: UN Interagency Guidance Note for the Europe and Central Asia Region

This guidance note provides information on integrating gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in the nationalization and localization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Europe and Central Asia region and using gender as accelerator of the implementation of the 2030 Development Agenda.

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Gender Equality: A Key SDG Accelerator, a case study from the Republic of Moldova

Though evidence for gender equality and women’s empowerment as an accelerator of development abounds, this document provides a country case study of how gender equality and women’s empowerment can advance the achievement of all Sustainable Development Goals.

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17 Goals to transform our world
Planet 50–50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality