Gender equality is integral to all development efforts.

Sustainable Development Goal 5 calls for gender equality and empowerment to all women and girls, by 2030, requiring an urgent and impactful response. Achieving SDG 5 is integral to all dimensions of inclusive and sustainable development - all SDG’s depend on the achievement of Goal 5.

A wide range of SMP members have contributed to the huge progress that has been made in the past 20 years. Find members who are working across gender issues listed further down this page.

The UNDP states; “It's proven that empowering women and girls helps economic growth and development. But although there are more women than ever in the labour market, there are still large inequalities in some regions, with women systematically denied the same work rights as men. Sexual violence and exploitation, the unequal division of unpaid care and domestic work, and discrimination in public office all remain huge barriers. Climate change and disasters continue to have a disproportionate effect on women and children, as do conflict and migration.”

The partnerships between Malawi and Scotland have interesting contributions to make. They offer the chance to reflect on successful policies in both our nations and to further develop work to support gender equality.