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OPJCC Priority Issue: Women

The United Nations (UN) promotes the participation of women as equal partners with men in achieving sustainable development, peace, security, and full respect for human rights. The empowerment of women continues to be a central feature of the UN's efforts to address social, economic and political challenges across the globe.

UN Women takes a look at how women are affected by each of the 17 proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), international goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all by 2030. UN Women also highlights how women and girls can - and will - be key to achieving each of these goals.

Click the links in the table below to learn why women and girls are affected in each of these areas and how their contributions and leadership are central to finding solutions.

Women and the Sustainable Development Goals

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No Poverty

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Affordable and Clean Energy

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Climate Action

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Zero Hunger

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Decent Work and Economic Growth

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Life Below Water

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Good Health and Well-Being

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Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

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Life on Land

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Quality Education

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Reduced Inequalities

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Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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Gender Equality

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Sustainable Cities and Communities

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Partnerships for the Goals

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Clean Water and Sanitation

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Responsible Consumption and Reduction

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Take Action

"We are challenged to stand together with and for women and children and will take concrete actions, personally and communally, to break the cycles of poverty and violence which disenfranchise women and foster systemic oppression in church and society." - Sisters of Charity Chapter (1995)

"The painstaking collection and classification of statistics documenting women's inequality in health, education, the workplace... irrefutably support my own, often painful, observations and experience... they bring to life the comment of an English physician who said of the science of statistics that, after all, it only represented people with the tears wiped off." - Former UNICEF Ambassador of Good Will, Liv Ullmann