The new flagship report by UN Women Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development uncovers significant gaps for women's empowerment and puts forth a robust agenda to shift gears. Through concrete evidence and data it spotlights inequalities and the pervasive nature of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere and identifies gaps and opportunities for gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Two and a half years after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, this report examines through a gender lens the progress and challenges in the implementation of all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Agenda's focus on peace, equality and sustainability provides a powerful counter-narrative to the current rise of conflict, exclusion and environmental degradation. Yet, women are up against an unprecedented set of challenges in all these areas, and urgent action is needed to address them. For instance, new analysis from the report shows that: In 89 countries with available data, women and girls account for 330 million of the poor. This translates to 4 more women living on less than USD 1.90 a day for every 100 men. The gender gap is particularly wide during the reproductive years. More than 50 per cent of urban women and girls in developing countries live in conditions where they lack at least one of the following: access to clean water, improved sanitation facilities, durable housing, and sufficient living area. Eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls is a pre-condition for peaceful societies, yet 1 in 5 women under the age of 50 experienced physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner in the past 12 months. Between 2010 and 2015, the world lost 3.3 million hectares of forest areas. Poor rural women depend on common pool resources and are especially affected by their depletion.
Further more it talks about Beyond The Averages: Who is being left behind?, a four-country case study, highlighting how women are discrimated among themselves based on their age, location and ethnicity.