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EM2030 SDG Gender Index: National Launches

SDG Gender Index launch in El Salvador

On 21 November 2018, EM2030 partner Plan International El Salvador presented EM2030’s pilot SDG Gender Index and related country briefing report in El Salvador (download report below).  

El Salvador has strong frameworks in favour of girls and women, but implementation remains a challenge. Certain forms of discrimination against girls and women reflect significant gaps between policy and practice. The Special Comprehensive Law for a Life Free of Violence for Women was passed in 2011, but women still experience gender-based violence. The pilot Index from 2018 showed that the rate of women who were victims of intentional homicide in El Salvador was nearly 60 times the rate in Indonesia in 2016.

“Through our project – Girls + Women leading for Gender Equality – we are working to promote and monitor SDG 5,” said Carmen Alemán, Director of Plan El Salvador, during their launch of the Index.

SDG Gender Index launch in Colombia

On 30 October 2018, EM2030’s partners, Ruta Pacífica de las Mujeres and Plan International Colombia, presented EM2030’s pilot SDG Gender Index and related country briefing report in Colombia (download report below).

The pilot Index from 2018 showed that Colombia has the lowest percentage of women who reported feeling safe walking alone at night; just 36% in 2017. However, Colombia scores well on SDG 3 on health. In 2016, 87% of women in Colombia had their need for family planning services met. 

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SDG Gender Index launch in Senegal 

On 11 October 2018, two of EM2030’s partners, Plan International Senegal and ONE Campaign, presented EM2030’s pilot SDG Gender Index and related country briefing report in Senegal (download report below). The event, that also included the launch of Plan International’s Girls Get Equal campaign, was attended by hundreds of girls and women, the government and civil society.

“The work of Equal Measures 2030 and its tool, the SDG Gender Index, represents an opportunity to make significant progress towards the achievement of gender equality, from now until 2030,” said Plan Senegal’s Country Director Amelie Soukossi Hessou.

The pilot Index from 2018 showed that Senegal has the highest score among EM2030’s focus countries on the percentage of seats in the national Parliament that are held by women. In 2018, 42% of the seats were held by women. But Senegal also faces significant challenges in a number of areas, including SDG 1 on poverty, SDG 4 on education, and certain aspects of SDG 5 on gender equality.

On 22 November 2018, Plan International Senegal hosted a follow-up roundtable to their Girls Get Equal campaign event to further share and discuss the findings of the EM2030 SDG Gender Index country report for Senegal (download below). The participants included people from academia, the media, local civil society groups, donors and the government. The roundtable was opened by the Executive Director of the Ministry for Women, Family and Gender and featured participants from the Ministry for Environment and Sustainable Development and the Ministry for Health and Social Action. Discussions focused on how the findings of the EM2030 SDG Gender Index country report for Senegal can equip gender advocates and government bodies, such as national statistical offices, with gender-related data and evidence to support efforts to realize the ambition of the SDGs for girls and women.

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SDG Gender Index launch in Kenya

On 25 January 2019, EM2030 partners in Kenya – The African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET) and GROOTS Kenya – launched EM2030’s pilot SDG Gender Index and related country briefing report in Kenya. The event focused on a range of issues, including women’s empowerment, gender-budgeting and the importance of collaboration between governments and women’s rights organizations in order to effectively achieve the SDGs and leave no one behind.

“We are concerned that, for example, as indicated in our report, Kenya still lags behind on critical areas such as health and access to clean water and reliable energy. These are in fact the most essential needs which the country must be determined to fully address because it is women and children who suffer the biggest impact of their [water and energy] unavailability,” said FEMNET’s Executive Director Memory Kachambwa during the report launch.  

The pilot Index from 2018 showed that Kenya scored well on SDG5 on gender equality, compared to the other five EM2030 focus countries. In 2017, 75% of women in Kenya, compared to 18% in El Salvador, reported having made or received digital payments in the past year. In addition, 22% of the seats in Kenya’s national parliament were held by women in 2018, and women are also fairly well represented in senior government positions. However, the country had the lowest commitment to gender budgeting in 2017, and just 58% of people in Kenya were using at least basic drinking water services in 2015.

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SDG Gender Index launch in India

On 23-24 October 2018, EM2030 partner SAHAJ presented EM2030’s pilot SDG Gender Index and related country briefing report in India (download report below). The Index was officially launched by Nishtha Satyam – Deputy Country Representative of UN Women India, alongside other stakeholders focusing on SDG 3 on health and SDG 5 on gender equality.

The pilot Index from 2018 showed that India scores well on SDG 10 on inequality, compared to the other EM2030 focus countries, with the lowest levels of income inequality, alongside Indonesia. But India lags behind on SDG 13 on climate. This is largely due to the impact of major droughts in 2015 and 2016 that affected nearly a quarter of the country’s large population. 

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SDG Gender Index launch in Indonesia 

On 12 November 2018, EM2030 partner KAPAL Perempuan presented EM2030’s pilot SDG Gender Index  and related country briefing report in Indonesia (download report below). Gender equality advocates from all sectors came together to support their work to end child marriage through data-driven advocacy. To kick off the event, KAPAL Perempuan symbolically used kitchen pots and pans to illustrate that women advocates are moving out of the home and onto the streets to demand for an end to child marriage. See the video below. 

The pilot Index from 2018 showed that Indonesia has the highest score on SDG 4 on education amongst EM2030’s focus countries. However, amongst the group, Indonesia had the weakest commitment to gender equality in its National Constitution in 2017.

Download the SDG Gender Index Country Reports 2018

El Salvador, Country Report

Colombia, Country Report

Senegal, Country Report

Kenya, Country Report

India, Country Report

Indonesia, Country Report

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