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Voluntary Gender Review

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were unanimously adopted by all member states of the United Nations in 2015, to capture a universal development agenda for our shared, global future.

Since 2016, countries have documented their progress against these 17 Goals through Voluntary National Reviews. In recent years, cities have begun reporting their progress through Voluntary Local Reviews, recognizing the fact that cities, regions, and local governments are essential leaders in addressing global challenges such as climate change, economic and social inequality, and global health emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic.

Adding to this culture of voluntary reporting, CHANGE has created the world’s first Voluntary Gender Review (VGR). Just as CHANGE is an example of how governments can create strategic partnerships focused on one specific goal, this VGR is an example of how we share our work to bring the world closer to SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. In this report, our eight member cities share how each is working to achieve gender equality and how we are working collectively to create new methods and guideposts to get there within this generation.

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In this report, CHANGE presents 22 gender data indicators as well as case studies across four thematic areas:

Click the box above to view the Voluntary Gender Review in English or Spanish. Explore our gender data work in more detail here.

Cities: Barcelona, Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Freetown, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Tokyo

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