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4 Insights on Students Engaging with SDG 5: Gender Equality and Empowering Women

Over the course of the Fall semester, Chloe Gregori - rock star Berkeley undergrad - and I set out to explore how the Blum Center was engaging with gender issues and how we could amplify about gender dynamics. We conducted interviews with 15 students including a mix of men and women, undergrads and graduate students. This work was motived by the Sustainable Development Goals and their call to understand the gendered implications of all development issues. As we learned from the Women's March, there are no gender-neutral issues. Issues such as food security, climate change, and water access impact men and women differently. If we want to create a truly inclusive society, it's critical that we recognize such differences and begin to address them. 

Read the full article on the Blum Center website here! The introduction is below:

  Mashavu Health Workers, 2014

Mashavu Health Workers, 2014

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent a prioritized agenda for global change by 2030, with objectives such as the elimination of poverty and an end to world hunger. The SDGs present an integrative approach to development by addressing intersectional linkages of poverty that lead to global inequality. The fifth SDG entitled “Gender Equality” is a strong example of this cross-cutting new approach. SDG 5 measures gender equality along nine broad dimensions including increasing access to education for girls, ending gender discrimination, eliminating sexual violence, addressing unpaid work, and increasing female political participation.

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