The enhancement of gender equality and women’s empowerment is an important issue
to be addressed by the global community. It is also the target of an independent goal,
Goal 5, and considered from a cross-disciplinary perspective to tackle other goals in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The concept of ‘Gender and Development’ has been adopted since the 1970s. It has made women visible in the development field and raised awareness of gender issues in relation to policies, institutions, regional societies and households both at global and local levels. On the other hand, as demonstrated by the limited achievement of SDG5 and the low gender gap index, initiatives to solve gender issues have not been enough to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment. Although various activities have been implemented at the individual levels and treated as good practice, they have not combined into a corrective approach.
The core concept of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Leave No One
Behind, reminds us of the need for further discussions about differences between
women and men, and about gender and diversity and intersectionality. However,
discussion about issues surrounding diversity often leads to misunderstandings that negatively impact discussion of the inequality between women and men.
The aim of this group is to find effective approaches to the issues of gender
equality and women’s empowerment that fill the gaps between policies and
theories at the macro level and field activities at the micro (grass roots) level,
such as information sharing, field research and/or awareness raising. The
findings will be presented at the annual conference and compiled to share in
proceedings. The objective of the first year is information sharing among
members and planning for the activities of the second and third years.