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Goal 5 - Gender Equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Women and girls continue to suffer from discrimination around the world, despite significant progress towards gender equality under the UN Millennium Development Goals.

Gender equality is required for a peaceful and sustainable world, so SDG Number 4, Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, helps provide women and girls with access to education, skills and training facilities, public health, and employment.

Taking part in one of our Women’s Empowerment Projects gives you the chance to take part in a sustainable project that aims to yield long-term results the community can build on into the future.

We have seen that giving women more active roles in society improves their lives as well as the community as a whole.

An Introduction to Goal 5

Written and created by our team in Luang Prabang, Laos

Our Data


Percentage of females employed in decision making positions at GVI

Worldwide Data


About two thirds

of countries in the developing regions have achieved gender parity in primary education


Women in Northern Africa

hold less than one in five paid jobs in the non-agricultural sector


In 46 countries

women now hold more than 30 per cent of seats in national parliament in at least one chamber


In Southern Asia, only 74 girls

were enrolled in primary school for every 100 boys in 1990. By 2012, the enrolment ratios were the same for girls as for boys.


Girls still face barriers

in sub-Saharan Africa, Oceania and Western Asia, to entering both primary and secondary school

Our Related UN Target


Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities
for leadership at all levels of decisionmaking in political, economic and public life

Recent Highlights & Achievements