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Worlds apart in Uganda: Inequalities in women’s health, education and economic empowerment

More than ever before, there is global consensus that the path to sustainable development for the next 15 years must be built on a foundation of equality, inclusiveness and universal enjoyment of rights. Several studies have further indicated that closing the gender gap can accelerate development. In this regard, all the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) address issues of gender equality and ensuring that nobody is left behind. Goal 5 and 10 are specific on gender equality and addressing inequalities. SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls, calls for gender equality and empowerment, including but not limited to ending all forms of violence and discrimination against all women and girls, as well as ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights.