SDG5: End to discrimination against women and girls by 2030

27 October 2016

The Women and Equalities Committee launches a new inquiry into the Government's plans for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goal 5 (#SDG5).

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls - SDG5

SDG 5 requires UN Member States to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030. This came into force in January 2016, as one of the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development agreed in September 2015 to end extreme poverty, inequality and climate change through a partnership between the state, private sector and civil society.
Unlike the Millenium Development Goals which they build on, these are universal and not just aimed at developing countries. The underlying principle is "leave no-one behind", to ensure that the most marginalised are reached.

SDG5 Targets

The targets under SDG 5 require a transformative approach. They are:

  • End all forms of discrimination against women and girls everywhere
  • Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls
  • Eliminate all harmful practices
  • Recognise and value unpaid care and domestic work
  • Ensure women's full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership
  • Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights
  • Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources
  • Enhance the use of enabling technology to promote the empowerment of women
  • Adopt and strengthen sound policies and legislation for the promotion of gender equality

How can SDG5 be achieved in the UK?

Committee Chair Maria Miller said:

"The UK Government has signed up to end all discrimination and violence against women and girls by 2030, under the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development. We welcome this ambitious goal and our inquiry will scrutinise plans to achieve it. We're calling for evidence from individuals and organisations on how these goals can be most effectively met in the UK."

Call for written submissions

The Committee has set out eleven questions on which it would welcome views:

  • How well understood are the Goals in the UK and what more can be done to promote them?
  • Is there consensus across Government about what the terms used in Goal 5 mean in the UK context?
  • What action is the UK Government taking to implement Goal 5 to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls in the UK by 2030? What more can the UK Government do to achieve this?
  • What more do individual government departments need to do to prioritise Goal 5 targets?  What practical steps need to be taken?
  • What resourcing is in place for the implementation of Goal 5? Is further resourcing required?
  • How effective is coordination and leadership across UK government departments on implementing Goal 5? Is a single point of responsibility preferable to delegated responsibility across departments, and who should lead?
  • What monitoring mechanisms are in place to measure progress in the UK against Goal 5 and how can these be improved?
  • Which targets under Goal 5 are the most difficult to measure progress against? How can the Government ensure that the hard to measure targets are not neglected?
  • Which targets/issues under Goal 5 have been hardest to make progress on and why? Which require a greater emphasis?
  • What role do the private and third sector have to play in achieving Goal 5 in the UK and how effectively are these roles supported by the Government?
  • What examples of good practice are there in the UK or abroad, for implementing and monitoring progress against these and other global targets? How effectively does the UK Government learn from such practice?

Send a written submission to the inquiry on the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 5 in the UK.

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