Despite not passing any indicators for SDGs 1 or 10, this evening’s vote is considered a huge success by us here at the Gender and Development Network insofar as the achievements that were made regarding Goal 5. In the Open Working Group as an entirety, we made great strides passing all three indicators for this goal:
- Proposed Indicator 5.1: Implementation of sustainable programs to ensure (1) rights to family care (infant and elderly), and (2) protection of women from all forms of violence.
- Indicator 5.2: Access to sustainable resources with a primary focus on health, education, and infrastructure (specifically access to water and electricity) and equal rights to land ownership disaggregated by gender, ethnicity, and geographical location. (Passed Unanimously!)
- Proposed Indicator 5.3: Recognition of proportion of time spent (24 hours) on unpaid and paid work (in the formal and informal sector) by gender, age, ethnicity, and location. (Passed Unanimously!)
Each of these indicators passing is a success in working towards achieved Goal 5 for 2030, which is to achieve gender equality and to empower all women and girls.
In moving forward, we want to emphasize two points in particular. The first of these is to place on lessening the amount of time and effort required for unpaid work by ensuring that every household has access to necessary and helpful infrastructure, specifically in terms of access to electricity and that it is located within 15 minutes walking distance from a water source. The second point we would like to emphasize is the need to continue to emphasize gender and gender equality in each goal within the SDGS to move towards a future where inequalities between genders do not exist.
A huge thank you and congratulations to all of the delegations in our Open Working Group for allowing and supporting this step forward by addressing so many aspects of gender inequality and inequity everywhere. A special thank you as well to Canada for submitting the final indicators that we all voted on. We look forward working to achieve these targets by 2030!