SDG Gender Index: National Launches
SDG Gender Index launch in El Salvador
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 SDG Gender Index shows 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 the EM2030 SDG Gender Index and its gender equality findings in Colombia (download report below).
The SDG Gender Index shows 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.
- Plan International Colombia – (In Spanish) Trabajar en equidad de genero por el desarrollo sostenible del pais
- Extra – (In Spanish) Colombia, referente mundial para la construcción del Índice Global de Género ODS
- El Espectador – (In Spanish) Colombia es líder en equidad de género entre seis países
- El Espectador – (In Spanish) El 51% de los compromisos con enfoque de género del Acuerdo de Paz no han iniciado
SDG Gender Index launch in Senegal
On 11 October 2018, two of EM2030’s partners, Plan International Senegal and ONE Campaign, presented the SDG Gender Index 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 SDG Gender Index shows 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.
SDG Gender Index launch in India
On 23-24 October 2018, EM2030 partner SAHAJ presented the SDG Gender Index and national gender equality findings in India (download report below). The SDG Gender 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 SDG Gender Index shows 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.
- India Today – Spousal violence in India: Stats, reasons, and policies against domestic violence
- The Times of India – One-third of married women in India experience spousal violence: Study
- The Sentinel – Study Reveals Shocking Report, One Third of Married Indian Women Experience Spousal Violence
- The Daily News – One-third of married women in India experience spousal violence
- DNA India – 33% of married women in India have experienced domestic violence; wife-beating considered ‘normal’: Study
- The Week – One-third of married women in India experience spousal violence: Study
SDG Gender Index launch in Indonesia
On 12 November 2018, EM2030 partner KAPAL Perempuan presented the SDG Gender Index findings 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 SDG Gender Index shows 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.
What a way to start the morning in #Jakarta!
Symbolically using kitchen pots and pans, women advocates are moving out of the home and onto the streets to demand for an end to #childmarriage! More from @KAPAL_Perempuan event launching @Equal2030 SDG Gender Index pic.twitter.com/skpEvkA42S
— EqualMeasures2030 (@Equal2030) November 13, 2018