Focusing On Gender Equality, Family Planning Could Help Achieve SDG Targets

Council on Foreign Relations’ “Women Around the World”: From Vision to Action: Gender Equality as a Framework for SDG Implementation
Daniela Ligiero, vice president of Girls and Women Strategy at the United Nations Foundation, discusses the value in approaching implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through a gender equality lens, writing, “[O]ne important component of achieving gender equality … is a focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Going beyond this goal, there’s evidence that voluntary family planning, which is central to SRHR, can affect a number of different SDG goals…” (11/16).