SDG 5 – ‘Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls’ is one of the goals to be reviewed during this session of the High Level Political Forum (HLPF). The Women’s Major Group is a recognized entity contributing to the HLPF. Good Shepherd is a member of this group. Earlier this group prepared a POSITION PAPER
Do read the executive summary – two pages ‘ Gender inequality (SDG 5) is one of the most pervasive inequalities, evidenced by numbers of women living in poverty (SDG 1); discriminatory laws/policies targeting women, including
unequal inheritance or criminalization of abortion (SDGs 2, 3); predominant unsustainable industrial agriculture/fisheries models pushing out small farmers and artisanal fisher people, majority of whom are women (SDGs 2, 14); and reduction/elimination of essential services and infrastructure women and girls rely on, such as education/health services and social protection (SDGs 3, 9).” The paper looks at 5 issues – Women’s Human Rights, Meaningful Participation, Civil Society Space, Finance and Accountability.
How does this compare with the the thematic review of SDG 5? Link to Thematic Review I attended this two day review in June – Expert Group Meeting on Strategies to Achieve Gender Equality and Empower all Women and Girls through the Gender-responsive Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development I added my piece to the discussion – as various forms of violence were raised but not human trafficking. See towards the end marker 2.52.40
See the other Webcasts: Part 1; Part 2 above; Part 3 Reviewing these Webcasts will give you some idea of the complex and multi-faceted issues that affect women and girls and how important it is to connect the dots and see the inter-linkages across all 17 Sustainable Development Goals and in particular SDG 1, 2, 3, 5, 9,14 and 17 as being reviewed this year.
The side event for the Women’s Major Group:
There is a very interesting website Women Thrive hosting a National SDG Advocacy Scorecard Results. The score card is in English and French