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SDG 5 – Gender equality

KfW promotes gender equality worldwide

Inequality between men and women is still deeply embedded in societies, despite progress in this area. Whether it is a question of access to dignified work, gender-specific differences in employment, basic economic protections, differences in pay or access to political and economic decision-making structures – women are generally worse off. In their everyday lives, many women and girls experience having insufficient access to healthcare services and education. The same applies to financial services. As a result, women often lack opportunities to earn a living independently and they remain dependent on their family. If girls or young women marry early and fall pregnant, they lack the time for education and employment. Violence against women also remains widespread. Discriminatory laws exclude women from societal decisions, from participating in society and from land and inheritance rights. Women spend three times as much time as men looking after children or other people in need of care and doing (unpaid) housework, which leads to lower incomes and makes them time-poor.

All this, while gender equality between women and men is a human right. It is a prerequisite for sustainable development and contributes to significantly improving quality of life for all people. A fair and inclusive society, a sustainable and successful economy and a forward-looking approach to the environment can only be attained if women and girls are included. The advancement of gender equality and strengthening of women’s rights are therefore a priority for international and German development policy and a core aspect of the 2030 Agenda.

While SDG 5 focuses exclusively on gender equality and empowering women, another 45 sub-goals and 54 indicators include gender equality as a key factor for the overall sustainability agenda.

Through its projects, KfW is working to advance gender equality and empower women around the world, thereby helping to implement the 2030 Agenda.

In 2020, many projects of KfW Development Bank contributed to achieving SDG 5 – with a total financial volume of EUR 4.6 billion, equivalent to nearly half of all funding committed in 2020. KfW therefore supports its partners in strengthening gender equality and advancing the rights of women in partner countries through each of the respective projects and programmes.

Materials on Development Finance "Gender equality in FC"  (PDF, 526 KB, non-accessible)

Current Topics "Gender equality"  (PDF, 52 KB, non-accessible)

One Pager "Has progress towards more gender equality got stuck halfway?"  (PDF, 56 KB, accessible)

One Pager "Climate change is not gender neutral"  (PDF, 115 KB, non-accessible)

SDG 5 on the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development website (German only)

“We have an implicit quota of men”

Interview with Dagmar Schumacher, Director of the UN Women Liaison Office to the EU, on coronavirus, the situation of women and why they are trebly disadvantaged.

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KfW's contribution to SDG 5

  • young women


    Women and girls are taking their future into their own hands

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  • Young women at work


    When education offers wings to fly

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  • A Women at a pharmacy

    family planning Côte d’Ivoire

    More self-determination for women

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  • Symbol image Globe

    Development Research

    For more gender equality – designing gender-sensitive social protection systems

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Current topics – Gender equality

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The fight for more gender equality in Ukraine

“My job and my life”

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Gourmandise – portrait of Radhia Kamoun

Radhia Kouman is a successful businesswoman – the boss of more than 600 employees in her traditional company “Gourmandise”, where the fine handicraft of patisserie is expertly practiced.

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