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, the UNE 165010 Ética. Sistema de gestión de la Responsabilidad Social de las Empresas 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.
In the field of family reconciliation, the Standard UNE 165002 de Responsabilidad social. Responsabilidad social e Infancia. Guía para la aplicación de buenas prácticas en las organizaciones, 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. It has therefore signed the Declaration on the Integration of a Gender Perspective in Technical Regulations and Standards, promoted by the UN and which more than 50 global, regional and national standardisation organisations have supported.