GOAL 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
SDG Progress and Industry Notes
The 2018 Report of the Secretary-General on Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, notes that “
In 2017, the HLPF Thematic Review of SDG 5 recommended:”While some forms of discrimination against women and girls are declining, gender inequality continues hold women back and deprives them of basic rights and opportunities. Empowering women requires addressing structural issues such as unfair social norms and attitudes, and progressive legal frameworks that put men and women at the same level.”
“As governments and other stakeholders continue to implement SDG 5, concerted efforts will be needed to address existing gaps in implementation, particularly regarding structural barriers to gender equality, strengthening accountability mechanisms at the national level, increasing investment and financing for gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls, and increasing data collection capacity.”
“Gender equality is an enabler and accelerator for all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The gender-responsive implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development offers an opportunity to achieve not only SDG 5 (gender equality), but to contribute to progress on all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”
Gender equality is important for sustainable development. With an estimated more than 75% of garment workers worldwide being women, advancing SDG 5 is a priority for the Apparel and Textile Industry.
Research also shows that gender diversity benefits a manufacturing organization through improved ability to innovate, higher return on equity, and increased profitability. Women in manufacturing 2017 study.
A number of industry programs listed under global and industry initiatives for this goal support gender equality throughout the value chain but conducting an organizational self-assessment is recommended as a starting point. .