Gender equality

Goal: 
5

Ending all forms of discrimination against women and girls is not only a basic human right, but it also crucial to accelerating sustainable development. It has been proven time and again, that empowering women and girls has a multiplier effect, and helps drive up economic growth and development across the board.

Since 2000, UNDP, together with our UN partners and the rest of the global community, has made gender equality central to our work. We have seen remarkable progress since then. More girls are now in school compared to 15 years ago, and most regions have reached gender parity in primary education. Women now make up to 41 percent of paid workers outside of agriculture, compared to 35 percent in 1990.

The SDGs aim to build on these achievements to ensure that there is an end to discrimination against women and girls everywhere. There are still huge inequalities in the labour market in some regions, with women systematically denied equal access to jobs. Sexual violence and exploitation, the unequal division of unpaid care and domestic work, and discrimination in public office, all remain huge barriers.

Affording women equal rights to economic resources such as land and property are vital targets to realizing this goal. So is ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health. Today there are more women in public office than ever before, but encouraging women leaders will help strengthen policies and legislation for greater gender equality.   

Goals in Action

Brussels, 10 July – The European Union (EU) and UN Women have launched a three-year regional initiative to end discrimination and violence against women in six Western Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, the former...

9 June 2017 – The National Institute of Statistics in Albania (INSTAT) published the largest range of gender statistics to date in Albania. Named Men and...

1. Your Excellency, you have been in Albania for over a year now being the United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in this Balkan country. In the first place, how do you find your position as UN Resident...

The Ministry of Justice and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed today a new project that adresses the need  of vulnerable groups  for more and equal access  to justice. The project will  be implemented over a period of 16...

In the Albanian football community the HeForShe Solidarity Movement is not unknown anymore. Starting from journalists, sport anchors or football players to random fans of the local teams in Albania, everyone learned more about #HeForShe, and the...

The Delegation of the European Union to Albania signed today a financial agreement of EUR 3.5 million which will go to support the consolidation of the Territorial and Administrative Reform in Albania. The EU contribution to the STAR 2 project is...

Podgorica, Montenegro, June 20-21, 2016 – The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and World Customs Organization (WCO) organized a workshop which brought together twenty five female officers from South Eastern Europe working in the...

Tone is 33 and a mother of three children. She used to live in a village in Puka, north Albania. During 10 years of marriage, she experienced daily violence from her husband, sometimes even in the presence of their children.
“It was an...