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SDG 5 coordination

Gender equality is a right, not a luxury!

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. Ultimately, gender equality is a right, not a luxury. WO=MEN coordinates the implementation of this development goal in national and international policy in the Netherlands.

For us SDG 5 is 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. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the successors to the Millennium Development Goals, aim to put an end to poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030. 

SDG 5 Alliance participants

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. 

Plan of Action

  1. For the Netherlands to feature in the top 10 of the Global Gender Gap Report. The Global Gender Gap Report is an annual report on the state of affairs related to gender equality in over 150 countries published under the auspices of the World Economic Forum. The Netherlands is currently in 38th place.
  2. To take concrete steps together with our members, cooperating partners and organisations in the business community and educational institutions to achieve equal power relations between women and men both nationally and internationally.  

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