SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls


The World Bank's Women, Business, and the Law project, UN Women, and the OECD Development Centre, collectively serve as co-custodians for SDG Indicator 5.1.1, whether or not legal frameworks are in place to promote, enforce and monitor equality and non-discrimination on the basis of sex. This Tier 1 Indicator plays a pivotal role in monitoring progress toward eliminating discriminatory laws and establishing legal structures that advance gender equality.

To assess the current status and progress achieved under SDG Indicator 5.1.1, an evaluation is conducted by the three co-custodians in collaboration with national counterparts. This cooperative process involves national statistics offices, national women's machineries, legal experts, and researchers specializing in gender equality. The evaluation employs a questionnaire comprising 42 binary (yes/no) questions, categorized into four legal domains: (i) overarching legal frameworks and public life; (ii) violence against women; (iii) employment and economic benefits; and (iv) marriage and family.

Additional information can be found in the metadata for the indicator. Data and tools to assist countries, including the SDG Indicator 5.1.1 questionnaire and coding guidelines, are accessible on the UN Women Data Hub.


For further details, please refer to the global database maintained by the United Nations Statistics Division and the UN Secretary-General's annual SDG reports.


Last Updated: Mar 26, 2024