Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5, on Gender Equality, calls for ending all forms of discrimination against women and girls. It is both a basic human right and crucial to accelerating sustainable development. Empowering women and girls is proven to have a multiplier effect, and contributes to overall social and economic development.
Building on past achievements, SDG 5 provides an opportunity to address gender equality. Inequality, discrimination and social exclusion persists worldwide. Women, minorities and the disabled are the most affected, often limiting their equal participation in political leadership, community and household decision-making processes as well as access to economic and social services. This can lead to gendered impacts such as conflict, gender and sexual-based violence and exploitation.
Through the Oxfam-Monash Partnership research, we examine how gender mainstreaming across key sectors such as agriculture and climate change adaptation can address gender equality and mitigate gendered impacts of humanitarian crises. We also study the effectiveness of stand-alone gender justice programmes, including gender-based violence (GBV) and women’s economic empowerment (WEE), to create transformative change on gender justice.
Research outputs and outcomes:
- Gender-based violence and prevention programs in the Solomon Islands
- Women’s participation and recognition in sustainable livelihoods in Sri Lanka
- Gendered social dynamics and impacts of Oxfam Savings and Loans Groups in Timor-Leste
- Gendered impacts of climate variability, particularly slow-onset change, in Bangladesh