Members of the five LWR-supported SHGs in Barmasia, Bihar.

Nate Kingby

Your support of Lutheran World Relief contributes to the larger work of creating sustainable solutions to poverty around the world. This is part two in blog series on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)  that seeks to answer two questions: What are the sustainable development goals? And how does your support of Lutheran World Relief contribute to them? (Read part one.)

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The Global Goals constitute the next 15-year framework that will guide country plans, priorities and investments to reduce poverty and promote development. They will influence the definition of development, how it is funded and how it is measured.

In this blog series, we will explore a few of the Global Goals you are directly supporting through LWR. And we continue with Goal #5.


Gender Equality


Goal #5: Gender Equality is similar to the goal of ending hunger, in that it doesn’t shy away from tackling big issues. This goal sets the priority of ending all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere and eliminating all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation.

LWR’s experience and commitment to gender integration provide important dividends not only for the quality and sustainability of our programs, but also promotes our visibility and leadership among peer agencies. Through our Learning for Gender Integration (LGI) initiative, LWR is integrating gender into our work to address inequality around the world and ensure that men and women have equal opportunities to benefit from LWR’s work. Through gender-integrated programming, LWR promotes the elimination of discriminatory beliefs and practices, encourages dignity of work and economic equity, and fulfills gender-related international agreements, such as the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

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