Gender bias is undermining our social fabric and devalues all of us. It is not just a human rights issue; it is a tremendous waste of the world’s human potential. By denying women equal rights, we deny half the population a chance to live life at its fullest. Political, economic and social equality for women will benefit all the world’s citizens. Together we can eradicate prejudice and work for equal rights and respect for all.


  • End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere
  • Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation
  • Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation
  • 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 appropriate
  • Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision making in political, economic and public life
  • 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 conferences
  • 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 laws
  • Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women
  • Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels

Goal 5 Indicators (Preliminary data from PSA)

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List of Key Government Programs, Activities, or Projects (PAPs) Contributing to Goal 5

18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW)

The 18-day campaign is observed annually from November 25 to December 12 to raise awareness among all stakeholders that VAW is a public issue of national concern. It supports the Philippine Government’s goal to protect the human rights of women and its commitment to address all forms of gender-based violence. The Inter-Agency Council on Violence Against Women (IACVAWC) adopted the theme “VAW-free community starts with Me” for the annual campaign from 2016 to 2021.

Mapping of Violence Against Women (VAW) Services, Programs, and Facilities in the Philippines

One of the key recommendations in the Strategic Plan of the Inter-Agency Council on Violence Against Women and Their Children (IACVAWC) for 2017-2022 is the establishment of an integrated VAW referral system at the national and local levels. This is intended to strengthen the services being provided by various organizations for VAW victim-survivors.

Making Violence Against Women (VAW) Desks functional

To bring the service closer to the women and their children, the creation and strengthening of VAW Desks in barangays is a priority. A VAW Desk is defined as “physical facility that addresses VAW cases in a manner that is gender sensitive.” VAW Desks should be present in each barangay since they are the first responders to a call for help by a victim. As of August 2018, DILG reports that 90 percent of the 42,036 barangays have already created their VAW Desks.

Strengthen Monitoring and Evaluation of the Implementation of the GEWE Plan 2019-2025

The Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE)2019-2025 is the mid-term plan of the government on the implementation of initiatives towards the achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment. The Plan’s overall framework is informed by the Magna Carta of Women, the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022, the Philippine Plan for Gender Responsive Development (1995-2025), and the SDGs.

Conduct of Conferences, Fora, or Consultation Workshops Relative to the implementation of SDG 5: Gender Equality

These gatherings of development partners shall showcase the accomplishments, renew commitments and strengthen implementation of policies and programs aimed to realize the targets under Goal 5 on Gender Equality and the other gender-related outcomes across all goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.