Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality


The UN Women initiative Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality asks governments to make national commitments to address the challenges that are holding women and girls back from reaching their full potential. Step It Up comes at a critical moment in time – the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides a comprehensive roadmap for the future of people and planet. Empowering women and girls is central to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Passing new laws or strengthening existing ones is one way to “step it up.” Other actions might include creating programs to eradicate violence against women and girls, encouraging women's participation in decision-making, investing in national action plans or policies for gender equality, creating public education campaigns to promote gender equality, and many more. As part of this initiative, more than 90 Member States have pledged concrete actions to crack some of the fundamental barriers to achievement of gender equality in their countries.

To learn more about UN Women’s suggestions for global indicators to effectively monitor how the SDGs are being implemented for women and girls, see the official position paper.

Eva Goicochea