Although progress was made globally in relation to gender equality between 2000 and 2015 thanks to the Millennium Development Goals, women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence all over the world.
Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but the necessary foundation to achieve a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. With the fifth Sustainable Development Goal, the United Nations aims to provide women and girls with equal access to educational and health services, decent work and to occupy leadership positions in the political, social and employment arenas. It also aims to increase its representation in processes of governmental relevance.
The Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE, contributes to the achievement of the 5th SDG through various standards. For example, UNE 165010 Ethics. The Social Responsibility Management System is the backbone of the sustainable and committed practices of organisations with society and the environment, which directly influences the situation of women in the workplace.
A noteworthy standard in the area of family reconciliation is UNE 165002 on Social Responsibility. Social responsibility and Childhood stands out. Guide for the application of best practices in organisations, aimed at ensuring the well-being of the child population, with measures that have a direct impact on the SDG 5, such as those supporting parenting.
Similarly, UNE acts from an organisational point of view in the achievement of the SDG 5. Thus, the Declaration on Integrating Gender Mainstreaming into Technical Norms and Standards has been signed, advocated by the UN. This initiative has been endorsed by more than 50 international, national and regional standardisation bodies.