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

Let's Talk Gender Meetings

Interactive discussion " Using gender inclusive communication in the work of Vienna-based intergovernmental bodies ", 25 November 2019

Informal brainstorming meeting "Promoting gender equality and women empowerment in the work of Vienna-based intergovernmental bodies", 30 September 2019

Gender equality is a universally agreed objective deriving from the Charter of the United Nations, which unequivocally reaffirmed the equal rights of women, men, girls and boys-and is confirmed in a number of commitments taken through, among others, the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women of 1979, the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, various resolutions and decisions of the United Nations General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council, as well as the Commission on the Status of Women. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has provided additional momentum and clear targets and, in it, Member States recognized that gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls would make a crucial contribution to progress across all the Sustainable Development Goals and that the systematic mainstreaming of a gender perspective into the implementation of the Agenda was crucial for success.

Achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls - is a goal very important in the work of the Vienna-based Commissions - both in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice, as well as drug-related matters. Both Commissions have in recent years considerably increased the attention devoted to the issue of gender equality through the adoption of a number of targeted resolutions as well as through its policy documents - and leadership.

The CND and the CCPCJ also work with their brother and sister functional commissions of the ECOSOC, in particular the Commission on the Status of Women, to jointly further the implementation of SDG 5. The full and equal participation and leadership in all areas is key to advancing the implementation of the SDG5 and the 2030 Agenda in general.

Gender equality and the empowerment of women lie at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals, and they are vital to fully realizing the rights and potential of all persons. These fundamental aims must also inform our work, as well as how we work, at the United Nations Office at Vienna/United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNOV/UNODC).

Yury Fedotov Director-General United Nations Office at Vienna, Executive Director, United nations Office on Drugs and Crime

In 2018, the UNOV/UNODC Strategy for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (2018-2021) was adopted, guiding the Office's efforts to improve the representation of women at all levels in order to reach gender parity, and to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women in work across the mandates.

Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women requires our collective efforts and as Secretariat to the UNODC's governing bodies, we want to do our part to ensure:

  • an enabling and inclusive environment for meaningful and substantive participation of women
  • gender equality in participation in the work and governance of the Commissions¬†
  • gender equality in deliberations and decisions

In line with the UNOV/UNODC Strategy, we support the Commissions in integrating a gender dimension into their work, including in parliamentary documents, meeting agendas, working groups and side events, with a view to advancing gender-responsive policies - in particular in the broader framework of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. SGB also seeks to assist the Commissions in increasing the active participation of women in all areas of the Commissions' work and its meetings.

SGB aims to contribute to the attainment of SD Goal 5, including through:

  • collecting, analysing gender-disaggregated statistics for the meetings of the CND and the CCPCJ for internal purposes;
  • reviewing language of standard invitations, notes containing logistical information, guidelines for the organization of side events and other relevant documents for gender-inclusive language and complementing these documents with relevant gender-inclusive information;
  • raising awareness including through the Commissions Twitter accounts and other social media platforms;
  • ensuring gender-inclusive photos for reports, web stories, tweets and etc.;
  • encouraging gender balanced panels for side events (composition of panels during side events);
  • sharing resources on promoting gender equality and empowerment of women.