PROGRESS OF GOAL 5 IN 2018
While some forms of discrimination against women and girls are diminishing, gender inequality continues to hold women back and deprives them of basic rights and opportunities. Empowering women requires addressing structural issues such as unfair social norms and attitudes as well as developing progressive legal frameworks that promote equality between women and men.
Source: Report of the Secretary-General, The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2018
Target 5.3: Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation
5.3.1 Percentage of women aged 20-24 who were married or in a union before age 15 and before age 18.
5.3.2 Percentage of girls and women aged 15-49 who have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting, by age group.
The sensitive nature of FGM poses challenges in the reliable collection and comparability of such data, as families are reluctant to provide these details. In addition, prevalence levels among different groups and/or regions within countries are not always available, leaving only national prevalence rates which obscure differences.