Let’s take a closer look at SDG5: Gender Equality

The launch of the SDG-Explorer by the United Nations University earlier this week makes it easier than ever to discover how experts and researchers from all over the globe are taking action to achieve all the 17 SDGs by 2030. Read more about the ideas and activities which are generating solutions to improve lives worldwide at the UNU Sustainable Development Explorer website (http://bit.ly/2DnQBy7). 

We at UNU-GEST hold the SDG5, achieving gender equality, close to our hearts. Naturally, the majority of our work aims at finding new ways to overcome social, political, educational and health barriers that deny women equal rights and opportunities. Through our Diploma Programme we strive to present a platform on which the unique experiences of women are heard and future leaders are empowered. This is only one way of pursuing gender equality within academia and science, which is a cornerstone of reaching not only the SDG5 but also contributing to SDG4, quality education.

However, the sustainable development goals are not strictly separable categories, on the contrary they intertwine on many levels. Our research projects on Women in geothermal science for example, combines efforts towards SDG7, affordable and clean energy, with SDG5. Women in Geothermal

In cooperation with our partners from the UNU-MERIT, we organized a blog series highlighting gender’s multifaceted roles in different research areas. The intention of Gender Full Spectrum blog series is to present gender as an all-encompassing dimension, while highlighting the different roles that men and women can play in gender research. The series explores a wide range of themes across different disciplines and methodologies: ranging from value chains in fisheries, gender and environment, to migration and political participation, showing gendered perspectives on many of the SDGs. Gender Full Spectrum – UNU’s New Blog Series