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ASEAN Gender Outlook: Achieving the SDGs for all and leaving no woman or girl behind

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ASEAN Gender Outlook: Achieving the SDGs for all and leaving no woman or girl behind

ASEAN Gender Outlook: Achieving the SDGs for all and leaving no woman or girl behind

A product of the collaborative efforts of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the ASEAN Gender Outlook is the first regional flagship publication jointly produced by the ASEAN Committee on Women (ACW), the ASEAN Secretariat and United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).

This publication calls for greater investment and prioritisation of data for tracking progress towards gender equality and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the region, in line with the ASEAN Complementarities Initiative between the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Such prioritisation will lead to more informed decision-making and ensure that policy responses are effective and inclusive of the needs of women and girls of the most vulnerable and marginalised groups within ASEAN.

Some Insights

  • The promise of “leaving no one behind” can only be fulfilled if the SDGs are achieved for all women, girls, men and boys—but the data shows that women tend to fare worse than men for many SDG-related outcomes. Moreover, different groups of women are faring very differently. Women living in rural areas, in poor households, ethnic minority women, women with disabilities and migrant women, are all disadvantaged when it comes to SDG progress.
  • When two or more forms of discrimination overlap, the barriers women face will increase. According to trend analysis in ASEAN Member States, the poorest women and girls of minority ethnicities, living in rural areas of remote provinces, will face the greatest obstacles to achieve the SDGs by 2030.
  • COVID-19 is affecting progress across all SDGs, and gender equality gains may be at stake.
  • Although the availability of gender data to monitor the SDGs is increasing in ASEAN Member States, more than half of the gender-specific indicators still go unmeasured. To ensure national policies are informed by evidence, and to monitor progress towards the success of such policies, the production and use of gender data is of critical importance.
  • Demonstrating the relevance of tracking gendered data, the ASEAN Gender Outlook provides a statistical overview of gender equality across the SDGs. Under SDG 1 (No poverty), for example: Majority of women in ASEAN earn less money than their partners. This outcome is exacerbated for women with children (58% earn less money than their partners, compared to 55% of women without children). Improving the reach of maternity cash benefits (currently reaching only 33% of women in the region) could promote women’s labour participation, which could in turn contribute to further poverty reductions.

This report was originally published on the UN Women website.

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