In September 2015, 193 United Nations Member States gathered for the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit and adopted the new global plan of action entitled, “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” (See UN Resolution 70/1, the 2030 Agenda). The 2030 Agenda, its 17 Goals and 169 targets, are a universal set of goals and targets aimed at eliminating poverty, protecting the planet, and improving the lives of everyone, fighting inequalities and increasing country’s productive capacity, increasing social inclusion and curbing climate change and protecting the environment, while ensuring that no one is left behind over the next fifteen years.
SDG 5 is aimed to “achieve gender quality and empower all women and girls”, or simply on “Gender Equality”. It has nine (9) targets and fourteen (14) indicators. SDG 5 is focused on pursuing the main goal of real and sustained gender equality in all aspects of women and girls’ lives which includes (1) ending gender disparities, (2) eliminating violence against women and girls’ lives, (3) eliminating early and forced marriage, (4) securing equal participation and opportunities for leadership, and (5) universal access to sexual and reproductive rights.
Source: UN Women Asia and Pacific
Localization of the SDG 5
Being the oversight agency in the implementation of the SDGs, NEDA has developed the SDG website, a platform that gives updates on the SDG localization initiatives of the Philippines, consisting of key government programs, activities and projects contributing to each goal.
For SDG 5, the localization initiatives are composed of the following:
- 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW)
- Mapping of VAW Services, Programs, and Facilities in the Philippines
- Making VAW Desks Functional
- Strengthening Monitoring and Evaluation of the Implementation of the Gender and Women Empowerment Plan 2019-2025
- Conduct of Conferences, Fora, or Consultation Workshops Relative to the Implementation of SDG 5: Gender Equality.