Turning Promises Into Action

Gender Equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

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This publication provides a comprehensive and authoritative assessment of progress, gaps and challenges in the implementation of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from a gender perspective. The report monitors global and regional trends in achieving the SDGs for women and girls based on available data. It furthermore provides practical guidance for the implementation of gender-responsive policies and accountability processes.

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Recognizing, reducing and redistributing unpaid care and domestic work

Unpaid care and domestic work is a foundation of sustainable development. It sustains people on a day-to-day basis and from one generation to the next. Without it, individuals, families, societies and economies would not be able to survive and thrive. Yet everywhere, caregiving is devalued. As girls and women are the default providers of care, this means they are less able to access income-generating work, escape poverty, be financially independent and accumulate savings, assets or retirement income for their later years. It also means less time for schooling and training, political participation, self-care, rest and leisure. This has profound implications for gender equality and women’s and girls’ enjoyment of their rights, as well as having wider ramifications for poverty, inequality and the achievement of sustainable development. Furthermore, time and resource constraints among some groups that are both time-poor and income-poor translate into care deficits, especially for children, reproducing disadvantage from one generation to the next.

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