goal 5

5.1)   End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere 

The Gap was founded in 1969 as an equal investment between a woman and a man — Doris Fisher and her husband, Don.  Today, women make up approximately 73 percent of the company's workforce. The majority of its five brands’ customers are female. Gender equality is built into the fabric of the company culture and work.  Last summer, the company for the first time released data confirming equal pay for equal work across the globe. This analysis was validated by an external firm that specializes in gender and diversity strategies.  One year later, Gap Inc. remains the first and only Fortune 500 Company to disclose and validate its pay equality practices.

Further to their commitment to end discrimination against women, Gap Inc. CEO Art Peck has signed the U.N. Women’s Empowerment Principles, highlighting what Gap Inc. has always done — provide equal opportunity to women in the workplace, marketplace and community. Gap Inc. has also, along with other companies such as Coca Cola, Ernst & Young and Intel Corporation—signed onto the She Works Pledge. It will call for measures proven to enhance women's employment opportunities, such as a commitment to increase female representation at management levels.

5.2)   Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation

5.3)   Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilations 

5.4)   Recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies, and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate

5.5)   Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic, and public life 


The Gap Inc. P.A.C.E. program (Personal Advancement and Career Enhancement) empowers women with the skills and confidence to advance at work and at home. Even though eighty percent of garment workers worldwide are women, relatively few advance to higher-level positions—in spite of their capacity to do so. Designed as an education program offering life-skills classes to female garment workers, the holistic curriculum includes up to 80 hours of classes in as many as nine subject areas, such as communication skills; financial literacy; time and stress management; and problem solving and decision-making.  Since GAP launched P.A.C.E. in 2007, more than 30,000 women in 10 countries have participated in the program – and in September 2015, GAP announced a commitment to expand the program to reach one million women around the world by 2020. P.A.C.E.’s evaluation results have demonstrated that the program improves the lives of women and their families by developing women’s knowledge, skills and confidence. The program also has a strong business impact by reducing turnover and absenteeism. GAP has progressively expanded the program from focusing solely on the women who make its clothes to also include women in surrounding communities, and is also adding curricula focused on adolescent girls’ and women’s leadership. Additionally, the program is now being offered to global partners and peer corporations in an effort to broaden its reach and impact.

The Coca-Cola Company committed to enable the economic empowerment of 5 million women across its global value chain by 2020. This initiative, called 5by20, launched in 2010. By the end of 2013, 5by20 had enabled more than 550,000 women in 44 countries around the world. Coca-Cola is working across the Golden Triangle of business, government and civil society to bring its unique areas of expertise, reach and skills to make progress in this important area.

Walmart aspires to train 1 million women around the world in agriculture, manufacturing and retail trade in emerging markets to elevate women to not only strengthen their families and communities, but also improve the health of supply chains and promote economic growth.  By the end of FY2015, the Walmart Foundation and Walmart contributed funding to train 540,102 women globally, 297,655 of them in the agriculture value chain. Beyond agriculture, Walmart also aspires to train an additional 200,000 women for their first jobs in retail in emerging markets by the end of 2016; by the end of 2014, 13,295 women in eight countries received retail training. Walmart also seeks by the end of 2016 to help 60,000 women working in factories develop the skills they need to become more active decision-makers in their jobs and for their families; by the end of 2014, the Women in Factories program had trained 48,729 women in foundational training for life and work skills in 82 factories in Bangladesh, China, El Salvador, Honduras and India.  Of those women, 2,546 completed advanced training. Since the launch of the Women’s Economic Empowerment initiative, 180,423 U.S. women from low-income households have received support through programs funded by the Walmart Foundation. 

Additionally, since 2011, Walmart has sourced $11.24 billion in products and services from U.S. women-owned businesses (WOB), including $4.16 billion in FY2015, moving quickly towards our goal of sourcing $20 billion through 2016. In five tracked international markets, Walmart has increased annual spend on WOB by more than 21 percent from FY2012 to FY2015.

“Project Inspire: 5 Minutes to Change the World” is a joint initiative from the Singapore Committee for UN Women and MasterCard, to help young change-makers create a better world for women and girls in Asia and the Pacific. Launched in 2011, to mark the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, Project Inspire presents 18-35 year olds with a five-minute platform to pitch their inspired idea, for the chance to win a US$25,000 grant. Celebrating its fifth year, the competition in 2015 has attracted over 430 entries from 65 countries around the world with a broad range of projects from the cultivation of traditional dyes in Indonesia to female health education applications in South Africa.

5.6)   Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Programme of Action of the ICPD and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences

The P&G Always brand reached an additional 300,000 girls through its Protecting Futures Program, providing girls age 12-14 with education on good personal hygiene, puberty, menstruation and personal care. The program, started in 2006, is aimed at helping girls attend classes during their periods, and thus stay in school. The program has expanded from Africa to the Middle East.

Means of Implementation

5.a)   Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance, and natural resources in accordance with national laws

5.b)   Enhance the use of enabling technologies, in particular ICT, to promote the empowerment of women




MasterCard created and launched Girls4Tech in 2014, a signature education program based on global science and math standards that has already reached 1600 girls in six countries.  This hands-on, inquiry-based program connects the foundations of our business to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) principles and shows students that it takes all kinds of interests and skills to pursue a STEM career.  Designed to inspire young girls to build STEM skills that will help them become leaders of tomorrow and learn about possible STEM careers, it showcases MasterCard’s payments technology emphasizing the foundations of the business – algorithms, encryption, fraud detection, data analysis, digital convergence and the power of our network.

Qualcomm® Wireless Reach™ is a strategic initiative that brings wireless technology to underserved communities globally. Wireless Reach invests in projects that foster entrepreneurship, aid in public safety, enhance the delivery of health care, enrich teaching and learning and improve environmental sustainability. Mobile technologies are literally breaking down barriers – geographic, socio-economic, educational and cultural – that have historically obstructed progress in developing countries. To date, Wireless Reach has collaborated with more than 450 stakeholders on over 100 projects in 40 countries, and has benefitted nearly 8 million people. 

Qualcomm® Wireless Reach™ and Hapinoy have partnered in creating the Hapinoy Mobile Money Hub project in the Philippines, a program that provides participating Nanays (Tagalog for “Mother”) with mobile literacy training, access to capital via micro financing institutions, and new business opportunities using advanced wireless technologies. The project empowers Nanay microentrepreneurs to become Mobile Money Agents, allowing them to generate additional income by providing reliable remittance service in their local neighborhoods. Qualcomm has contributed primary funding for the project, along with project management support and wireless technology expertise. 

In Malaysia, Qualcomm, the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, Tune Talk Mobile Prepaid and the Foundation for Women’s Education and Vocational Training joined forces to enhance womens’ skills and knowledge in business and technology through the Mentoring Women in Business Program. The program provides participants with business training along with a mentorship program that empowers and encourages women entrepreneurs. By the end of 2014, 150 women entrepreneurs have completed the intensive ICT, business, and English training, and received a tablet and data plan. 

5.c) Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels