Are we on track to achieve gender equality by 2030?

We are not on track.

The distance to equal is long. And the time is short.

Goal 5: To achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030 is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Progress on SDG 5 is measured using 9 targets, made up of 18 indicators and sub-indicators. This visualization was developed based on an assessment of the current level of progress toward achieving the targets.

 

Our assessment shows that 13% of the indicators we use to assess progress are ‘very far’ from the targets set out under SDG 5, 15% are ‘far from target’ – that means that over a quarter are ‘far or very far’ from the targets set for 2030.

 

What have we achieved so far?

Data gaps prevent us from seeing the full picture of progress, but from the data we do have, the outlook is grim.

Global assessment of SDG 5, by Target.
 

On time spent on unpaid care and domestic work (Target 5.4) a critical area for women’s empowerment, no country has met the target of equality between women and men.

 

Data gaps are pervasive

Where data are missing, women and girls are invisible

 

More and better gender data are needed to accurately diagnose the barriers and spur the necessary policy dialogue on gender equality that drives change.

What have we achieved: Regional and country outlook

One in every 15 countries is very far from target or far from target in at least a third of the SDG 5 indicators.

Where do we go from here?

We need bold action to close data gaps and accelerate progress. Unless more is done by the entire global community, we will fail to achieve gender equality by 2030.

 

 

To learn more:

This project is based on findings from UN Women and UN DESA’s Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals: The Gender Snapshot 2021.

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Explore the Data

Learn more about our data resources, why data is missing, and explore our multiple data dashboards to learn more about gender statistics.