SDG 5 in Brazil

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Data from the 2030 AGENDA FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: SPOTLIGHT REPORT 2022 BRAZIL SYNTHESIS show that the 168 goals of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations (UN) originally applicable to the country were evaluated – including the seven that from 2021 onwards will be considered in the Panel SDG Brazil as “not applicable” – only one had satisfactory progress.

Target classification (SDG 5)

TargetSituation in 2021
5.1 – End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhereSETBACK
5.2 – Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitationSETBACK
5.3 – Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilationSTAGNANT
5.4 – Recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriateSETBACK
5.5 – Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public lifeSETBACK
5.6 – Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferencesSETBACK
5.a – Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, in accordance with national lawsSETBACK
5.b – Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women
5.c – Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levelsINSUFFICIENT


  • Resume the National Plan to Combat Sexual Abuse and Exploitation, under the authority of civil society and the National Council for the Rights of Children and Adolescents;
  • Restore penalties for political parties who fail to comply with gender and race-centric affirmative action legislation;
  • Restore Bill 130/2011, providing a framework to fine companies who fail to comply with gender equality laws;
  • Establish comprehensive sex education as part of the national curriculum, starting in elementary education;
  • Ensure the implementation of the Maria da Penha Law for all cases of domestic violence;
  • Strengthen the competence of the system to combat childmarriage in Brazil;
  • Implement an intersectional analysis of the design of public policy promoting women’s rights and preventing all types of gender violence, in domestic, public and online spaces, whilst addressing racism, lesbo-bi-transphobia, ableism, ageism and xenophobia;
  • Increase federal budgets for evidence-based public policies promoting equality and ending violence against women and girls, in all their diversity;
  • Promote sexual and reproductive health services and shelters for cis and trans women under threat of, or subject to violence.

Source: Idem


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