Over the years, there has been extensive effort by various government and non-government institutions to achieve gender equality. However, persistent gender inequalities can be magnified in urban contexts. Women and girls in urban areas often experience discrimination (SDG 5.1) and violence in public spaces, including sexual violence (SDG 5.2), which can affect their everyday lives and restricts their freedom of movement in the city. Women and girls living in urban slums often lack access to infrastructure and public services (SDG 9), including education and health and sexual and reproductive health infrastructure and facilities (SDG 3). To solve these inequalities in urban sphere and to achieve successful SDGs and New Urban Agenda, gender equality should be at the core of the policy development.
In this context, women’s leadership and active participation is a key component of gender equality, the importance of which has been reiterated in the New Urban Agenda, a crucial factor to ensure achievement of the SDGs. The 6th Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development highlighted the need to strengthen gender equality and the empowerment of women. UN Women also advocates participative decision-making and gender-responsive budgeting in governance.
In the session, the panelist will discuss the importance of policies supporting women’s leadership and participation in political, economic and public life. It will serve as a platform to share and discuss innovative policies, practices and tools of women’s leadership in achieving the SDGs that deliver results for all women and girls and their communities in cities and human settlements. This session will include “out-of-the-box” approaches of the intersectionality of women’s leadership/participation and people with special needs as actors and stakeholders, and the essence of “Leaving No One Behind” to achieve the sustainable development goals.
South Korea & Philippines