Goal 5 – Gender Equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Ending all forms of discrimination against women and girls is not only a basic human right, but its also crucial to accelerating sustainable development. It has been proven time and again, that empowering women and girls has a multiplier effect, and helps drive up economic growth and development across the board. The SDGs aim to build on these achievements to ensure that there is an end to discrimination against women and girls everywhere.

In Nigeria, Sexual violence and exploitation, child marriages, high female literacy rate, and discrimination in public office, all remain huge barriers.

Affording women equal rights to economic resources such as land and property are vital targets to realizing this goal. So is ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health. Encouraging women leaders will help strengthen policies and legislation for greater gender equality

Facts and figures

77 cents

Globally, women earn only 77 cents for every dollar that men earn doing the same work.

1 in 6

Up to 1 in 6 women in Nigeria experience physical and/or sexual violence at some point in their lifetime.

44 %

Of nigerian girls are married off before their 18th birthday. 17%, before they turn 15.

18 %

Of Nigerian Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting


Nigerian females between 15 and 24 years old are literate compared to 79% for males.


Proportion of seats held by women in national parliaments in Nigeria was 5.60 a 2.60% decrease from 2010.
UN Sustainable Development Goals
Goal 1 No Poverty
Goal 2 Zero Hunger
Goal 3 Good Health and Well Being
Goal 4 Quality Education
Goal 5 Gender Equality
Goal 6 Clean Water and Sanitation
Goal 7 Affordable and Clean Energy
Goal 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth
Goal 9 Industry Innovation and Infrastructure
Goal 10 Reduced Inequalities
Goal 11 Sustainable Cities And Communities
Goal 12 Responsible Consumption and Production
Goal 13 Climate Action
Goal 14 Life Below Water
Goal 15 Live on Land
Goal 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Goal 17 Partnership For The Goals

Goals in action