Knowledge Sharing Panel | Japan Stage

Host: Japan Civil Society Network on SDGs & United Nations Development Programme
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Gender equality is a basic human right and a critical foundation for a sustainable world. It is also an accelerator for other goals, including economic growth, reduction of poverty and hunger, and good health and education. There has been some progress in gender equality over the last decades; more girls are going to school and more women are in parliament. Despite this progress discriminatory laws and social norms, as well as physical or sexual violence, remain pervasive.

Moreover, the COVID-19 crisis could reverse this limited, but important, progress on women’s rights. The pandemic has witnessed more women than men losing their means of income. The burden of unpaid care work at home for children, the elderly and the sick has increased. With lockdown measures, a “shadow pandemic” of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, has intensified.

At this critical juncture, this session explores 4 key targets of SDG5 and discusses bold actions towards 2030:

-How can we end violence against women and girls, especially in conflict settings, and promote women’s roles in peacemaking? (Target 5.2)
-How can we eliminate harmful traditions and practices such as child marriage and female genital mutilation? (Target 5.3)
-Globally, women’s representation in politics, the economy and public decision-making arenas remains low. How can we enhance women’s leadership? (Target 5.5)
-How can we ensure sexual and reproductive health and rights, so that individuals are able to lead a life based on their own freedom and choices, including those related to bearing children and ensuring a safe pregnancy and delivery? (Target 5.6)

The session will also touch upon the issue of “intersectionality,” the way in which multiple forms of inequality and discrimination, based on gender, race, disability, etc, often overlap with and exacerbate one another.

Today, not a single country can claim to have achieved gender equality, however it is gaining momentum. Let’s gear up to turn this movement into progress.





– 紛争下での女性と少女への暴力に終止符を打ち、女性が平和の実現に果たす役割を促進するには?(ターゲット5.2)
– 児童婚や女性器切除などの有害な伝統と慣行を撤廃するには?(ターゲット5.3)
– 政治、経済等の様々な分野で意思決定に関わる女性を増やし、女性のリーダーシップを高めるためには?(ターゲット5.5)
– 性と生殖に関する健康と権利を確保し、自身の選択に基づいた性的関係、避妊、安全な妊娠・出産を手にするためには?(ターゲット5.6)




March 26 @ 10:00
10:00 — 10:45 (45′)
Time Bonn (CET)

Japan Stage

Asako Tsuji, Atsuko Miwa, Mallika Iyer, Munir Hussain, Tomoko Fukuda