An Architecture Guide to the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals Volume 2

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Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.1 Yet, gender inequality persists worldwide, depriving women and girls of their basic rights and opportunities. Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls will require more vigorous efforts, including legal frameworks, to counter deeply rooted gender-based discrimination that often results from patriarchal attitudes and related social norms.2

To find out more about Goal #5, visit: 1 Extract from UN’s Sustainability Goals, available from 2 Extract from UN’s SDGs Knowledge Platform, available from

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