WO=MEN Dutch Gender Platform defends gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in all their gender identities (SDG 5) on behalf of the Netherlands. WO=MEN coordinates the implementation of this development goal in national and international policy in the Netherlands.
What are SDGs?
The SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) are seventeen goals to make the world a better place by 2030. The SDGs have been agreed by the countries that are members of the United Nations (UN), including the Netherlands. The goals came about based on global input from organizations and individuals.
The Sustainable Development Goals started in 2015 and will run until 2030. They are a global compass for challenges such as poverty, education and the climate crisis. They are the successors to the Millennium Development Goals, which ran from 2000 to 2015.
For us is SDG5, Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls, a goal as well as a means to strengthen people, organisations, companies and education and knowledge institutes so that gender equality and women's rights can flourish nationally and internationally.
In order to help achieve SDG5, we formed new partnerships and developed tools, including the Gender Facts Game, the employer tool and the experience room. We also focused on the celebration of 100 years of universal and women's suffrage and the new convention against violence and harassment at work.
Who are part of the SDG 5 Alliance?
WO=MEN Dutch Gender Platform is a member's platform comprising 50 organisations and 120 professionals. They include Action Aid, Both ENDS, CARE Nederland, Choice for Youth and Sexuality, Cordaid, Defence for Children, Free Press Unlimited, Hivos, ICCO, IUCN, Light for the World, KIT, Mama Cash, Oxfam Novib, PAX, Rainforest Alliance, Rutgers and WECF. We collectively strive for equal power relations between women and men regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.
The SDG 5 Alliance also includes organisations with which we collaborate to achieve gender equality. These include WOMEN Inc., Atria, Movisie, Nederlandse Vrouwen Raad, Bureau Clara Wichmann and Emancipator.
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