SDG5 aims to "Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls".

It has associated aims that include:
  • 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.

  • Recognise 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.


The socioeconomic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have adversely affected recent progress on gender equality: violence against women and girls has intensified, child marriage increasing after declining in previous years, and more care work at home will affect women disproportionately.

Discriminatory laws and legal gaps prevent women from enjoying their full human rights.
SDG5 Gender Equality

How can an organisation pursue SDG5?

Empowering women and girls and achieving gender equality requires the concerted efforts of all stakeholders, including businesses. All companies have baseline responsibilities to respect human rights, including the rights of women and girls. Beyond these baseline responsibilities, companies also have the opportunity to support the empowerment of women and girls through core business, social investment, public policy engagement and partnerships.

  • Encourage participation of women in decision-making and governance at all levels and across all business areas.
  • Pay equal remuneration, including benefits, for work of equal value and strive to pay a living wage to all women and men.
  • Support access to child and dependent care by providing services, resources and information to both women and men.
  • Improve flexible working arrangements that allow a more harmonized work and family life.
  • Establish a zero-tolerance policy towards all forms of violence at work, including verbal/ and/ or physical abuse and prevent sexual harassment.
  • Expand business relationships with women-owned enterprises, including small businesses and women entrepreneurs.

The case for establishing a truly diverse workforce, at all organizational levels, grows more compelling each year….The financial impact—as proven by multiple studies—makes this a no-brainer.” - Harvard Business Review

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