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This week, we explore SDG 5, which calls to acheive gender equality and empower all women and girls.

Why Take Action on Goal 5? The Global Challenge
According to the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform, Gender inequality persists worldwide, depriving women and girls of their basic rights and opportunities. Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls will require more vigorous efforts, including legal frameworks, to counter deeply rooted gender-based discrimination that often results from patriarchal attitudes and related social norms.
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Companies that focus on women’s empowerment show increases in productivity, organizational effectiveness, return on investment, and consumer satisfaction. A growing number of business leaders are adapting their policies, programs and initiatives to create environments where women and girls thrive. A March 2016 survey shows that investors are already supporting many of the SDGs, with 70% of respondents currently taking action on gender equality and empowering girls and women. We urge business leaders to help close gaps in opportunity for all women and girls, opening the doors of opportunity for women and for businesses everywhere.

Identify Gender Equality Challenges in your Supply Chain

Profiting from Women in Leadership: Peterson Institute for International Economics
For firms in 91 countries, raising the share of women in leadership roles has increased profitability, according to a February 2016 working paper, which also recommends policies for businesses to adopt. Check the study’s results for thecountries in your supply chain (starting on page 19).

Make a Positive Impact: Align your Workplace with Best Practices on SDG 5

UN Global Compact
The Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), a joint initiative of UN Global Compact and UN Women, detail how business can advance gender equality and women’s empowerment.
The UN Global Compact also invites companies to adopt theChildren’s Rights and Business Principles, which provide a framework for business to respect and support children’s rights, and were developed by UNICEF, the UN Global Compact and Save the Children.

Learn from Leaders Taking Action on SDG 5

“Girls living in sub-Saharan Africa can miss up to four days of school each month because they lack the basic necessity of sanitary protection and other resources to manage their periods. To help give girls in this part of the world a better chance at an education and to raise awareness of this issue, P&G brands Always and Tampax are joining forces with HERO, an awareness building and fundraising initiative of the United Nations Association to launch the Protecting Futures program.”
For more information about the Protecting Futures Progam, click here.

Amplify your Impact: Collaborate with NGOs and Other Companies

Partnering with NGOs focusing on gender equality and empowerment of women and girls can help leverage the experiences, knowledge, best practices and network of these global organizations to amplify your efforts.
Women for Women International
Since 1993, Women for Women International has helped more than 462,000 marginalized women in countries affected by war and conflict. We serve women in 8 countries offering support, tools, and access to life-changing skills to move from crisis and poverty to stability and economic self-sufficiency.
Women increase their ability to earn an income with new skills that are in-demand. They learn about their legal rights, and they become knowledgeable about health and nutrition. The result: stronger women, stronger families, and stronger communities. This ripple effect is profound.
To find out more information about Women for Women International, click here.  

SDG 5 Highlight: 2017 3S Award Nominees for Empowerment

Global Press
Global Press exists to pave a new way forward for international journalism. Acknowledging the flaws and limitations in both foreign correspondence and citizen journalism, Global Press offers a powerful third way. Global Press Institute (GPI) trains women in developing media markets around the world to be ethical, investigative, feature journalists. After completing the Institute’s 24-module training program, trainees are employed as professional reporters at Global Press Journal. At the Journal, reporters cover the topics of their choice, supported by a sophisticated editorial structure that offers deep insight, extraordinary context and complete accuracy. Once complete, local language and English versions of stories are published on the Journal and distributed via Global Press News Service, the syndication division of Global Press.

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