Goal 5. Gender Equity


SDG goal 5 builds on some of the targets that began in the MDGs, specifically MDG 3 which failed to provide a springboard for development policy and practices that promoted gender equality and women’s and girls’ rights. Women and girls continue to face discrimination across economic, social and political spheres and entrenched gender disparities remain a major driver of poverty and inequality. SDG 5 should promote socio-political transformation at local, national and global levels. Specifically, it could lead to increased social justice and gender equality and provide an environment where all women and girls will be able to realize their rights free from discrimination.


SDG 5 would also benefit from a focus on the boy child. The boy child is also vulnerable in some countries to withdrawal from education, enforced labour, and sexual abuse and trafficking. The boy child also needs social protection and international law enforcement with regards to targets 5.1, 5.2 and 5.4. Refining Targets The targets address the root causes of women’s.