Back to normal is not enough

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Less than a quarter of countries are making ‘fast’ progress towards gender equality, and one in every three countries is either making no progress at all or is moving in the wrong direction. At the current pace, the 2030 deadline to achieve gender equality will not be met.

The 2022 SDG Gender Index sounds the alarm on global progress towards gender equality and unveils a blueprint for change.

Key Findings

The 2022 SDG Gender Index finds little progress on gender equality at the global level between 2015 and 2020. If current trends continue, the global score will reach only 71 out of 100 by 2030, the deadline for the achievement of the SDGs.

And even this projection could be seen as optimistic, given the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has already had on the well-being of girls and women worldwide.

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has achieved the promise of gender equality envisioned in the SDGs

of countries made “some” or “fast” progress on climate change leadership

live in countries with scores that were ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’ for gender equality

Our Index shows the world is off track on the SDGs. The seeds for the fall-out from the COVID-19 pandemic were sown long before the virus started spreading. Millions of women were already dealing with a squeeze on household budgets, poor health care and evaporating social safety nets. But rapid change on gender equality is possible and the Index provides a ‘blueprint’ for governments to help make that change happen.

Alison Holder, Director of Equal Measures 2030

Important message

“Getting back to normal” simply won’t cut it, given that the ‘normal’ before the pandemic failed to deliver progress at the scale, pace, and intensity needed for sustainable gender equality.”


No single country is the world’s best performer – or even among the world’s top ten performers – across all SDGs.

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No region has registered an improvement of more than three points in their Index score since 2015.

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2022 SDG Gender Index

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