Gender equality research UK
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Mat Wright

This study provides an overview of the current status of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in the UK in relation to the global commitments to achieving the UN's Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

The report focuses on the UK’s successes as well as gaps and priorities for further action in five key areas: participation, power and leadership; education; economy; justice and violence against women and girls and culture (including arts, sports and technology).


In January 2016, the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) began guiding policy and funding for the following 15 years, beginning with a historic pledge to end global poverty everywhere, permanently. 

The issue of gender equality and empowerment of women and girls features strongly within the SDGs, particularly Goal 5 and its indicators as well as being integrated into other goals.

This work is central to our role of 'creating friendly knowledge and understanding' between the UK and other countries as well as contributing to revitalising the 'global partnership' (Goal 17) to achieve the SDGs.

The research is intended to support UK-based and international stakeholders working in this sphere to learn from each other and collaborate more closely. It will raise awareness of the contribution that UK stakeholders from government, civil society, education and the private sector are making, highlight assets and strengths of the UK experience, and identify gaps and opportunities for learning.

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