Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

United Nations
SDG 5 – Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 5 – Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

While the world has achieved progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment under the Millennium Development Goals (including equal access to primary education between girls and boys), women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence in every part of the world.

Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.

Providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large.


UN Women Training Centre eLearning Campus

The UN Women Training Centre eLearning Campus is a global and innovative online platform for training for gender equality. It is open to everybody interested in using training or learning as a means to advance gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s rights.

SDG 5 Training for Parliamentarians and Global Changemakers

2020 marks the start of the UN Decade for Action! 2020 is also a landmark year to commemorate commitments to gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, and to take stock: 25 years since the Beijing Platform for Action; 20 years since the Millennium Declaration and the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security; 10 years since the creation of UN Women and the launch of the Women’s Empowerment Principles; and five years since all 193 UN member states committed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG 5 on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.
Yet in 2020 no country has yet achieved full gender equality in practice. Progress is way too slow! Join our campaign for change.

UN Women at Habitat III

The outcome document of Habitat III, the New Urban Agenda, outlines the challenges and opportunities that the new agenda provides while ensuring that gender equality thrives through sustainable, gender-inclusive and gender-responsive cities. In this brief, learn more about how the New Urban Agenda strategically supports mainstreaming gender equality and women’s empowerment across all social development goals.
Download PDF

Putting gender equality at the heart of the New Urban Agenda

14 October 2016 – In the early 1990s, just over 42 per cent of people were living in urban areas. Today, more than 54 per cent of the global population are urban dwellers and in 2030, that percentage is expected to rise to 60 per cent. Sustainable development must ensure a roadmap for sustainable cities.

Against this backdrop, from 17 – 20 October, Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development will take place in Quito, Ecuador. The last time there was a Conference of this nature was in 1996, the second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements, in Istanbul. Governments, civil society, private sector and UN representatives and experts from around the world will convene at Habitat III to garner renewed political commitment for sustainable urban development, assess accomplishments and emerging challenges and adopt the New Urban Agenda—a robust, action-oriented outcome document which will set global standards in sustainable urban development, rethinking the way we build, manage, and live in cities.

The conference itself is practising the principles of gender equality by creating a gender-sensitive space and helping participants balance their professional work and parenthood. For example, two child care facilities managed by professionals have been set up—one at the conference venue and another at the Convention Centre. Parents attending the conference can leave their children in these facilities for two hours free of charge. The conference venue also includes diaper changing units.

UN Women Habitat III

UCLG Standing Committee on Gender Equality

Local governments’ commitment to SDG5, “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”, forms part of our long tradition of working internationally for gender equality. UCLG’s Standing Committee on Gender Equality, which brings together locally elected women from around the globe, recently published “From SDG5 to Habitat III: the role of local governments in promoting gender equality for sustainability” to highlight the role that gender equality at local level will play in the achievement of the major international development and sustainability agendas.

Download PDF | From SDG5 to Habitat III: the role of local governments in promoting gender equality for sustainability

SDG5 UCLG Congress