United Nations: Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a “blueprint for achieving a better and more sustainable future for all.” The SDGs build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) success and aim to go further and end all forms of poverty. The new UN Goals are unique in that they call for action by all countries, poor, rich, and middle-income, to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. WIMAGE primarily focuses on SDG 4: Quality Education, SDG 5: Gender Equality, SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities, SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions, and SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals.
Ever since the inception and adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (advancing the rights of women and gender equality worldwide) in 1995 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by world leaders in September 2015 at the historic UN Global Summits. A lot was and has been promised and manifested from the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals; this includes but is not limited to member state countries promising to implement and adhere and improve gender equality and advance women’s rights, and empowerment across all policies, programs and projects.
However, more than Twenty Seven years later, the majority of the member countries still fall under the proposed goals, in fact, most countries are still yet to document significant progress or success in many of the proposed efforts; to empower and capacitate women to achieve gender equality and reduce inequality. Ideally, women in most countries across the world are still struggling to have their most basic rights recognized and protected; economic, social, political, and developmental aspects still fall low on the proposed goals.
Women and girls must have equal rights and opportunities and live free of violence and discrimination. Women’s equality and empowerment are among the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and integral to all-inclusive and sustainable development dimensions. In fact, most SDGs depend on the realization of Goal 5. Gender equality by 2030 requires urgent action to eliminate the many root causes of discrimination that still curtail women’s rights in private and public spheres. For example, discriminatory laws must change and legislation adopted to advance equality proactively.
While more women have entered political positions in recent years, including through special quotas, they still hold a mere 23.7 percent of parliamentary seats, far short of parity, infact, as of 2023, only 25 countries globally are led by women. The situation is not much better in the private sector, where women occupy less than a third of senior, middle management, and executive positions globally.
Women In Monitoring & Auditing Global Elections (WIMAGE Organization) seeks to serve women, states, and civil society better by enhancing the transparency and accountability of the member state countries in their efforts to implement the three central United Nations Sustainable Development Goals with respect to the 4th UN Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action Summit;