Sustainable Development Goal 5

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

Ending all forms of discrimination against women and girls is not only a basic human right, but it also crucial to accelerating sustainable development. It has been proven time and again, that empowering women and girls has a multiplier effect, and helps drive up economic growth and development across the board.

Since 2000, UNDP, together with our UN partners and the rest of the global community, has made gender equality central to our work. We have seen remarkable progress since then. More girls are now in school compared to 15 years ago, and most regions have reached gender parity in primary education. Women now make up to 41 percent of paid workers outside of agriculture, compared to 35 percent in 1990.

The SDGs aim to build on these achievements to ensure that there is an end to discrimination against women and girls everywhere. There are still huge inequalities in the labour market in some regions, with women systematically denied equal access to jobs. Sexual violence and exploitation, the unequal division of unpaid care and domestic work, and discrimination in public office, all remain huge barriers.

Affording women equal rights to economic resources such as land and property are vital targets to realizing this goal. So is ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health. Today there are more women in public office than ever before, but encouraging women leaders will help strengthen policies and legislation for greater gender equality.

Sierra Leone Facts and Figures

Source: Stastics Sierra Leone

 

Proportion of women and girls aged 15-49 years subjected to physical violence by a current or former intimate partner in the previous 12 months

29.20%

 

 

Proportion of women and girls aged 15-49 years subjected to sexual violence by spouse in the previous 12 months

7.30%

 

 

Proportion of women aged 20-45 married before/at age 18

40.00%

 

 

Proportion of circumcised women circumcised before age 14

69.60%

 

 

Proportion of women mayors and local councilors and chairpersons

18.00%

 

 

Proportion of girls and women aged 15-49 years who have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting

89.60%

 

Sierra Leone IndicatorsBaselineSource of baseline data (Date)CurrentSource Page NumberSource of Current Data (Date)Targets
By End 2020By End 2025By End 2030
5.1.2 Female years of schooling (% male)54.10%UNDP (2015)   67.77%81.43%95.10%
5.1.3 Share of women employed for cash in total number employed in non-agricultural activities23.20%SLDHS (2013)   32.00%41.00%50.00%
5.2.1. Proportion of women and girls aged 15-49 years subjected to physical violence by a current or former intimate partner in the previous 12 months55.50%SLDHS (2013)   20.00%13.00%5.00%
5.2.2. Proportion of women and girls aged 15-49 years subjected to psychological violence by spouse in the previous 12 months29.20%SLDHS (2013)   24.20%19.20%14.20%
5.2.3. Proportion of women and girls aged 15-49 years subjected to sexual violence by spouse in the previous 12 months7.30%SLDHS (2013)   4.87%2.43%0%
5.3.1 Proportion of women aged 20-45 married before/at age 1848.00%SLDHS (2013)29.9254MICS6 (2017)32.00%16.00%0.00%
5.3.2 Proportion of girls and women aged 15-49 years who have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting89.60%SLDHS (2013)86.1256MICS6 (2017)79.64%69.69%59.73%
5.3.3 Proportion of circumcised women circumcised before age 1469.60%SLDHS (2013)8.4263MICS6 (2017)58.00%46.40%34.80%
5.5.1 Proportion of seats held by women in national parliament12.40%NEC12.9 NEC18.00%23.00%30.00%
5.5.3 Proportion of women mayors and local councilors and chairpersons18.00%HRMO28.6 NEC30%40%50%
5.5.4 Proportion of female Paramount Chiefs Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development   30%40%50%
5.5.5 Proportion of women ward committee members48.00%   30%40%50%
5.5.7 Percentage of currently married women that participate in key decision making processes at home (health care, major household purchases and visit to family)45.40%SLDHS (2013)   60.27%75.13%90.00%
5.6.2: Laws and regulations in place that guarantee women aged 15-49 access to sexual and reproductive health care, information and educationNoMinistry of Justice, Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, MOFED   YESYESYES
5.6.3 Unmet demand for contraceptives (%)65.70%WHO (2016)   50.43%35.17%19.90%
5.a.2: Legal framework (including customary law) in place that guarantees women’s equal rights to land ownership and other entitlements (g7+)No (process indicator)Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, MoFED   YES