Background Paper: High-level Group on Justice for Women
Justice for women and girls is at the heart of sustainable and inclusive patterns of development and is essential to the aspiration of the 2030 Agenda. The close link between SDG 5 on gender equality and women’s empowerment and SDG 16 on peaceful, just and inclusive societies is self-evident. Without equal and effective justice for women many of the other SDGs, including those related to education, health and decent work will not be achieved.
Accessing and securing justice – a critical component of SDG 16 – is not only a goal by itself but also a means to realizing the rights of women and girls. Effective justice systems based on the rule of law are central to enabling women to become equal partners in decisionmaking and development. At the same time, women and girls play a critical role in the emergence of equitable, inclusive and just institutions.