Global level

GOAL 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

“Gender equality and women’s empowerment have advanced in recent decades. Progress in enrolment at all education levels has been observed, yet wide gender disparities exist in some regions and countries at higher education levels. Maternal mortality has declined and skilled care during delivery has increased. Progress has been made in the area of sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights. Childbearing among adolescents has decreased. However, gender inequality persists worldwide, depriving women and girls of their basic rights and opportunities. Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls will require more vigorous efforts, including legal frameworks, to counter deeply rooted gender-based discrimination that often results from patriarchal attitudes and related social norms.”

Source: United Nations, The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2017


  • 5.1End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere.

    • Indicator 5.1.1 Whether or not legal frameworks are in place to promote, enforce and monitor equality and non discrimination on the basis of sex   


  • 5.2 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.

    • Indicator 5.2.1 Proportion of ever-partnered women and girls aged 15 years and older subjected to physical, sexual or psychological violence by a current or former intimate partner in the previous 12 months, by form of violence and by age   
    • Indicator 5.2.2 Proportion of women and girls aged 15 years and older subjected to sexual violence by persons other than an intimate partner in the previous 12 months, by age and place of occurrence   


  • 5.3 Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation.

    • Indicator 5.3.1 Proportion of women aged 20-24 years who were married or in a union before age 15 and before age 18   
    • Indicator 5.3.2 Proportion of girls and women aged 15-49 years who have undergone female genital mutilation, by age  


  • 5.4 Recognize 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.

    • Indicator 5.4.1 Proportion of time spent on unpaid domestic and care work, by sex, age and location   


  • 5.5 Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life.

    • Indicator 5.5.1 Proportion of seats held by women in (a) national parliaments and (b) local governments DATAcube.  
    • Indicator 5.5.2 Proportion of women in managerial positions  DATAcube. 


  • 5.6 Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences.

    • Indicator 5.6.1 Proportion of women aged 15-49 years who make their own informed decisions regarding sexual relations, contraceptive use and reproductive health care
    • Indicator 5.6.2 Number of countries with laws and regulations that guarantee full and equal access to women and men aged 15 years and older to sexual and reproductive health care, information and education


  • 5.a Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, in accordance with national laws.

    • Indicator 5.a.1 a) Proportion of total agricultural population with ownership or secure rights over agricultural land, by sex; and b) share of women among owners or rights-bearers of agricultural land, by type of tenure   
    • Indicator 5.a.2 Proportion of countries where the legal framework (including customary law) guarantees women’s equal rights to land ownership and/or control   


  • 5.b Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women.

    • Indicator 5.b.1 Proportion of individuals who own a mobile telephone, by sex  


  • 5.c Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels.

    • Indicator 5.c.1 Proportion of countries with systems to track and make public allocations for gender equality and women’s empowerment   

Last updated: 02. 06. 2023