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Issue No.61
  • :0973-1156
  • :August
  • :2020

Yemaya Newsletter on Gender and Fisheries, Issue No. 61, August 2020


Pulled Backward

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on SDG 5

ByAhana Lakshmi (, Independent Researcher, Chennai, India.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030. How has progress towards this end been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic? A new report, the Sustainable Development Goals Report 2020, released in July by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) presents an overview of progress towards the SDGs before the pandemic started, but it also looks at some of the devastating initial impacts of COVID-19 on specific goals and targets. We focus here on SDG 5: Gender equality and empower all women and girls.

Data indicates that there has been considerable progress over the last decades with more girls in school, despite regional variations, and a reduction in maternal mortality, which fell by 38 percent between 2000 and 2017, as well as an increase in legal and regulatory reforms in support of gender equality. Data f