This goal is about ending violence and discrimination against women and girls and making sure they have equal opportunities in all areas of life

Why does SDG5 matter to Timor-Leste?

Relevant Target for

5.1 end ALL FORMS OF DISCRIMINATION against all women and girls everywhere

5.2 eliminate all forms of VIOLENCE AGAINST ALL WOMEN and girls in public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation

5.3 eliminate all harmful practices, RELATED MDG such as child, early and FORCED MARRIAGE AND FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATIONS

5.4 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

5.5 ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership AT ALL LEVELS OF DECISION-MAKING IN POLITICAL, ECONOMIC, AND PUBLIC LIFE

5.6 ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Programme of Action of the ICPD and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences

5.a 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 lawslife

5.b Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women

5.c 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

Local governments can act as a model for gender equality and the empowerment of women through non-discriminatory service provision to citizens and fair employment practices.

Local governments are on the frontline of identifying and tackling violence and harmful practices against women. Urban planning (particularly the creation and maintenance of public spaces) and local policing are both essential tools in tackling these issues. Local governments also have a role to play in providing services to women affected by violence.

Regional and governments and rural municipalities can identify and tackle barriers to women’s equal access to land control and ownership.

Getting more women into elected office at local level is a top priority in terms of empowering women, both as a goal in its own right, and because local politics is often the first step to regional and national office. Female leaders in local government can challenge gender stereotypes and set an example to young girls.

Local governments can mainstream gender equality across all areas of their work in order to tackle the multiple barriers to women’s empowerment.


  • Financing for Development
  • Beijing +20
  • Habitat III