SDG 5 – Gender Equality

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“While the world has achieved progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment under the Millennium Development Goals (including equal access to primary education between girls and boys), women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence in every part of the world.” (UN Sustainable Development Goals, SDG 5)

Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. Unfortunately, at the current time, 1 in 5 women and girls between the ages of 15-49 have reported experiencing physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner within a 12-month period and 49 countries currently have no laws protecting women from domestic violence. Progress is occurring regarding harmful practices such as child marriage and FGM (Female Genital Mutilation), which has declined by 30% in the past decade, but there is still much work to be done to completely eliminate such practices.

Providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large. Implementing new legal frameworks regarding female equality in the workplace and the eradication of harmful practices targeted at women is crucial to ending the gender-based discrimination prevalent in many countries around the world.

At the Elsevier Foundation, we continuously work towards achieving gender equality. To know more about our different initiatives, check out the articles below:

Girls are using data analytics to figure out what’s fair – and what they are capable of

BRONX, NY — In a brightly lit classroom, middle school girls are chatting, tossing dice and penciling their scores on an ...
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Progress in improving gender diversity in science

At the Gender Summit Europe, Elsevier’s CEO talks about how we are collaborating with the research community to improve gender ...
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Gender Summit 17 – Europe

Held throughout the world, the Gender Summit serves as a forum for researchers, scientific institutions, policymakers and other stakeholders to discuss gender ...
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What you don’t know about Research4Life

Research4Life champions reveal the formula for this thriving partnership and its far-reaching impact Research4Life provides lower-income countries with free or low-cost ...
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Helping survivors of spousal abuse in Palestine – on their own terms

A public health researcher is exploring ways to improve primary healthcare’s response to violence against women Nearly one in three ...
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Teaching data science through the lens of social justice issues

Girls Inc. of New York City and the Elsevier Foundation partner to teach girls data analytics skills. When Esther, a ...
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Elsevier at #AAASmtg: live updates with award-winning women in science

5 researchers from developing countries are preparing to accept the 2019 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Award for their work in the physical ...
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How Gender Summits have shaped Elsevier’s role in the research community

Elsevier CEO Ron Mobed talks about the importance of gender diversity in science Diversity in research leads to better science. Better ...
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These are the 2018 winners of the OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Award for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World. Learn more about them here – and meet them at AAAS.

Elsevier at #AAASmtg: live updates with Women in Science winners

AUSTIN, Texas — They’ve journeyed halfway around the globe to world’s largest science conference, and now – jet lag aside – ...
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Five women scientists in developing countries win 2018 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards

Early-career researchers living and working in Bangladesh, Cameroon, Ecuador, Guyana, and Indonesia have been recognized for their work in mathematics, ...
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In higher ed, it’s not enough to “fix the numbers” of women in STEM

GenderInSITE-Elsevier Foundation workshop explored the challenges of integrating the gender dimension into STEM higher education In most countries, women are ...
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Nominations open for OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Women Scientists in the Developing World

Submissions for excellence in physical sciences research are being accepted through September 15 Now, nominations are open for the 2018 ...
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Asia-Pacific Gender Summit aims to boost innovation in research through diversity

Tokyo event brought together 600 people from industry, academia and government to advance gender equality in science and society ©Portia ...
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What it means to be a woman in science in the developing world

Five women receive the annual OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Award for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World last month at the ...
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Women engineers to receive awards for innovative research in developing countries

Learn more about the Awards and how to participate on our dedicated page Finding a solution to a longstanding problem ...
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Five Women Engineering Scientists in Developing Countries Win 2017 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards

Early-career researchers from Bangladesh, Ecuador, Ghana, Indonesia and Sudan honored for their work in engineering sciences Boston, February 16, 2017 ...
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Launch of the Elsevier – TWAS Sustainability Visiting Expert Program

Apply for the Elsevier - TWAS Sustainability Visiting Expert Program until September 1st! The program aims to provide institutions and ...
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Awards to honor women’s contributions to engineering, innovation and technology

Why are women's innovations so important in the developing world? It is well known that women generally take fewer STEM ...
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Translating life into science – 5 women tell their stories

For the winners of the Elsevier Foundation Award, early experiences led them to research that would change lives There came ...
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5 biologists to receive Elsevier Foundation Awards for Women in Science at #AAASmtg

Annual award recognizes early-career researchers from developing countries In recognition of research with strong potential for health and economic benefits, ...
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