5: Gender equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. While the world has achieved progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment under the Millennium Development Goals (including equal access to primary education between girls and boys), women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence in every part of the world.

Providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large

How is it going?

So far, Sierra Leone is not receiving a passing grade for SDG 5 in the SDG Index and Dashboard Global Report. Women receive an average of 54% of the amount of education that men do, and more than half of all women have experienced physical violence by a partner in the last year. 89.6% of all women  have undergone female genital mutilation or cutting.  Most (69%) experience this before age 14. A majority of women are not able to get the contraception they want

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