The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) serve as a global agenda of accountability to address and end inequalities, injustices, and prejudices that affect the world. With 17 goals and 169 indicators, the goals are a plan of action to end poverty, protect the planet and humanity, and ensure peace and prosperity.
In the quest to achieve these goals by 2030, it is imperative all women and girls — irrespective of race, gender, LGBTQIA identities, immigrant and/or refugee statuses, and more — are fully included, represented, and prioritized in the global conversation.
While Goal 5 of the SDGs and its targets seek to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls, and there is a push to integrate gender equity throughout all of the sustainable development goals, it is critical to recognize the beautiful diversity and contributions of women and girls around the world, as well as their unique needs and challenges within the sustainable development agenda.
To fully achieve the SDGs, we must ensure that no woman or girl gets left behind — especially women and girls with intellectual and physical disabilities.