The Gender Equality Edition

ACGC’s 8th Annual Top 30 Under 30 magazine: The Gender Equality Edition features 30 outstanding young people contributing to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a particular focus on SDG 5: Gender Equality.  As the United Nations’ Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development articulates, and as the youth’s stories demonstrate, addressing gender inequality is central to sustainable development and achieving the SDGs by 2030. The Top 30 Under 30 magazine offers readers the opportunity to learn about the contributions young people are making towards gender equality locally globally, and challenges us all to take meaningful action to address gender inequity in our own communities.   


Throughout all of ACGC’s work, including the Top 30 Under 30 magazine, the Council is committed to representing women’s rights and gender equality with attention to issues of diversity and power across all forms of identities, acknowledging that identities coexist and intersect. Concepts, approaches, and practices towards realizing equality for women and historically oppressed peoples have evolved. Feminist approaches now bring an intersectional perspective: deconstructing established hierarchies; drawing attention to multiple forms of discrimination; and avoiding simplistic or inaccurate gender binaries and dichotomies. ACGC will continue to articulate this inclusive and affirming vision for the future.


SDG Goal 5 : Targets

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5.1 END DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS
End all forms of discrimination against all women and 
girls everywhere.

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5.2 END ALL VIOLENCE AGAINST AND EXPLOITATION OF WOMEN AND GIRLS
Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation.

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5.3 ELIMINATE FORCED MARRIAGES AND GENITAL MUTILATION
Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation.

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5.4 VALUE UNPAID CARE AND PROMOTE SHARED DOMESTIC RESPONSIBILITIES
Recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate.

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5.5 ENSURE FULL PARTICIPATION IN LEADERSHIP AND DECISION-MAKING
Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life.

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5.6 UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS
Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences.

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5.A EQUAL RIGHTS TO ECONOMIC RESOURCES, PROPERTY OWNERSHIP AND FINANCIAL SERVICES
Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, in accordance with national laws.

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5.B PROMOTE EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN THROUGH TECHNOLOGY
Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women.

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5.C ADOPT AND STRENGTHEN POLICIES AND ENFORCEABLE LEGISLATION FOR 
GENDER EQUALITY

Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels.


The Sustainable Development Goals

Canada signed onto the 2030 Agenda in 2015, recognizing the importance of the agenda for progress on sustainable development in Canada. 

In September 2015, world leaders agreed on a transformative global agenda for sustainable development at the United Nations. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) commits countries to a universal, rights-based agenda that integrates economic, social, and environmental dimensions of sustainable development and aims to benefit all people everywhere with a particular focus on the most vulnerable and leaving no one behind.

Read about the SDGS