UN Women released a snapshot of progress towards the SDGs, presenting evidence of gender equality in the context of each of the 17 global goals. It also assesses the progress made on the indicators of SDG 5 (gender equality); only one of the 18 indicators is assessed as âclose to targetâ. UN Women has also released a feminist plan for sustainability.
Released on September 17, 2021, the publication âProgress on the Sustainable Development Goals: Gender Snapshot 2021â describes the immediate effects of the pandemic on the well-being of women and how it threatens future generations of women and men. girls. This shows that recovering from COVID-19 and âbuilding differently and betterâ will require gender-responsive laws, policies and budgeting.
Women are under-represented in the energy sector, holding only 32% of renewable energy jobs.
The authors report that:
- SDG 3 (good health and well-being): In the first year of the pandemic, an estimated 12 million women in 115 low- and middle-income countries experienced disruption in family planning services, resulting in an estimated 1.4 million unintended pregnancies. Regarding SDG 5 (gender equality), the report indicates that calls to domestic violence helplines increased by 79% in Colombia, 50% in China and 40% in Malaysia, with around 245 million women and girls around the world already subjected to violence from a loved one. partner of the previous year.
- SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy): Women hold only 32% of jobs in renewable energies and 22% of jobs in traditional energies, in 2019.
- SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth): The number of employed women fell by 54 million during the pandemic, and 45 million in total left the workforce.
- SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities): Women infected with COVID-19 and living in a neighborhood with a high concentration of slums were more than twice as likely to die as infected women living in a neighborhood without slums.
- SDG 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions): Women chair only 18% of government committees on foreign affairs, defense, finance and human rights.
The report reviews SDG 5 indicators, showing progress for each region and globally. Globally, none of the 18 indicators is âmet or almost metâ and only one is âclose to targetâ: Proportion of seats held by women in local governments (SDG indicator 5.5.1).
Two are âfar from the targetâ: the ratio of unpaid domestic work and care, by sex (SDG indicator 5.4.1) and the proportion of women and girls who make informed decisions about reproductive health (SDG indicator 5.6.1). Six indicators do not have sufficient data to assess the distance from the target. The remainder is rated as âmoderate distance to targetâ.
UN Women has also released a report that outlines a âFeminist Plan for Sustainability and Social Justiceâ. The feminist plan launched September 16 aims to provide a roadmap for prioritizing gender equality, social justice and sustainability in COVID-19 recovery and broader transformation, and specifies the necessary policies.
The report calls for improvements, including:
- Invest in the care economy and social infrastructure, which he believes could create 40 to 60% more jobs than the same investments in construction;
- Harness the potential of the transition to environmental sustainability, which could create up to 24 million jobs in renewable energy and other fields – to which women should have equal access;
- Promote women’s leadership in institutional spaces: women represent 70% of health workers worldwide, but only hold 24% of seats in COVID-19 working groups that have coordinated the political response around the world; and
- Increase funding for women’s organizations. Women’s rights organizations received just 1% of all OECD DAC aid allocated to gender equality in 2018-19.
[Publication: Sustainable Development Goals: The gender snapshot 2021] [Publication: Beyond COVID-19: A feminist plan for sustainability and social justice] [UN news]