Equal rights. Equal contributors.
Gender equality is a fundamental human right and a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. However, gender inequality remains one of the most pervasive forms of discrimination in all development settings. While gender inequalities can affect anyone, impeding global progress towards achieving sustainable development, it is women who face the most discrimination.
Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls are central to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and all 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Gender equality is its own development goal (SDG 5) and is reflected in 45 targets and 54 gender-specific indicators of the SDGs. Achieving these targets and closing the gender gaps will therefore create a multiplier effect across all of the SDGs and accelerate their achievement.
With the largest operational platform within the United Nations system, working on the ground in some 170 countries and territories, UNDP’s work and expertise are central to achieving the SDGs. This unique position has prompted UNDP to adopt the Gender Equality Strategy 2018-2021, which commits the organization to intensify its efforts to mainstream gender equality across all of its areas of work. In particular, the strategy is focused on removing structural barriers to women’s economic empowerment; preventing and responding to gender-based violence; promoting women’s participation and leadership in all forms of decision-making; and strengthening gender-responsive strategies in crisis prevention, preparedness and recovery, including climate change.
UNDP works to eliminate gender inequalities through targeted, gender-focused programmes, by supporting initiatives that accelerate structural transformations and by working to ensure that all development efforts take into account the experiences, needs and contributions of women and girls and men and boys. As part of these efforts, UNDP works with governments, UN partners, civil society organizations, the private sector, think tanks and academia.