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Sustainable Development Goal 5 | Gender Equality: Overview

All of School guide to support: Global citizenship [SCoT], Sustainable development [ScOT.1050] and Ethical understanding [acgc.7]

Source: Encyclopædia Britannica (2019).

"While the world has achieved progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment.... women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence in every part of the world.... Providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large." (United Nations, n.d.)
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Goal 5: Gender Equality | Introduction videos

Level 1 resourceFilm and videoUsing YouTube on campus help and instructionsTo view this video on campus remember to first login to your school Google account using your mConnect username and password. Click here for more help on using YouTube on campus.

To achieve Goal 5 of the sustainable development agenda, the international community must commit to achieving gender equality in the next 15 years. Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, explains how this mission is entirely possible.


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In text reference / citation: Puri (2015) or (Puri, 2015)
Bibliography / Reference list: Puri, L. (2015). Sustainable Development Goals Explained: Gender Equality [eVideo]. United Nations. Retrieved from

Freedom - International Day of the Girl.


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In text reference / citation: The Global Goals (2017) or (The Global Goals, 2015)
Bibliography / Reference list: The Global Goals (2017). Freedom - International Day of the Girl, [eVideo]. Retrieved from

"More than two years into the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, gender equality is fundamental to delivering on the promises of sustainability, peace and human progress. How far have we come in turning the 2030 Agenda into results for women and girls on the ground, and what is needed to bridge the remaining gaps between rhetoric and reality?" (United Nations, 2018)


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In text reference / citation: UN Women (2015) or (UN Women, 2015)
Bibliography / Reference list: UN Women. (2018). The facts about gender equality and the Sustainable Development Goals [eVideo]. Retrieved from

Goal 5: Gender Equality | Facts & Figures

Level 1Statistics

Facts & Figures Global Targets

77 cents

Globally, women earn only 77 cents for every dollar that men earn doing the same work. 

7 in 10

Up to 7 in 10 women around the world experience physical and/or sexual violence at some point in their lifetime.


Less than 20 percent of the world's landholders are women.

750 million​

Worldwide, almost 750 million women and girls alive today were married before their 18th birthday.

2 of 3​

Two thirds of countries in the developing world have achieved gender parity in primary education.


Only 22.8 percent of all national parliamentarians were women as of June 2016, up from 11.3 percent in 1995.
  • End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere.
  • 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.
  • Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation.
  • 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.
  • Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision making in political, economic and public life.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women.
  • 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.

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In text citation: (United Nations Development Programme, 2018) or United Nations Development Programme (2018)

Bibliography / Reference list: United Nations Development Programme. (2018). Sustainable Development Goals, 5: gender equality, facts and figures. Retrieved from

Goal 5: Gender Equality | Australian Government Response

Level 2Australian Government Response to the Global Sustainable ObjectivesThe following Commonwealth departments and agencies are responsible for delivering outcomes, as well we reporting on progress in regards to Australia's progress in meeting the UN Global Sustainable Goals. Australia's progress is reported to the UN Voluntary National Review on the Sustainable Development Platform.

Lead Department
Supporting Departments
  • Department of Social Services

See also:

Level 3

Goal 5: Gender Equality | Online Resources

Level 1

Level 2

Goal 5: Gender Equality | eVideos

Level 2eVideo

Goal 5: Gender Equality | Interactive Resources

Level 3Level 2Interactive resources

Goal 5: Gender Equality | Track Progress

Use the following links to see how Australia, and the world, are tracking to meet this goal.Level 3Level 2

Sustainable Development Goal 5 | Gender Equality: Curriculum alignment

Level 1Victorian CurriculumAustralian Curriculum AlignmentThis Mentone Girls' Grammar School Sustainable Development Goals LibGuide supports the following Australian and Victorian curriculum outcomes.

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