The importance of incorporating women and girls into each SDG covered at HLPF 2018 is illustrated through gendered analysis, best practices, statistics and case studies. Gender equality by 2030 requires urgent action to eliminate the many root causes of discrimination that still curtail women’s rights in the private and public spheres. The 2030 Agenda will be achieved when women have equal rights in all of the different sectors including equal access to decision making, economic independence, security, land rights, redistribution of unpaid carework, sufficient development investment, social protection floors and equitable social standing.
Economic stability of countries depends also on the economic development of the population as a whole, including women. It is necessary for SDG 5 to be considered as an essential element within the 16 other goals. Understanding how SDGs 6, 7, 11, 12 and 15 impact women and girls, and ensuring that women and girls are included in all aspects of SDG policy, implementation and financing is imperative to achieving the 2030 Agenda. Gender equality is not only a prerequisite to the success of the 2030 Agenda, but also an investment in gender equality that has among the highest return in financing for development for the 2030 Agenda.
The report is organized in sections covering each targeted SDG for HLPF 2018. It demonstrates the importance and benefits of including women and girls in the HLPF through gendered analysis, best practices, statistics and case studies that show the holistic impact of incorporating gender-sensitive implementation in the 2030 Agenda.