A girl standing where her house used to be, which was washed away due to heavy floods in Chawhara, Bangladesh, illustrating goal 13 – climate action. Photograph: Josh Estey/Care International.

If you don’t know where to start with the SDGs, start with women and girls everything else will fall into place,’ said UN Women head Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka recently. These photographs of women and girls all over the world illustrate each of the 17 SDGs. The exhibition was part of last year’s European Week of Action for Girls

Goal 1 – no poverty

Eti is a domestic worker, the most common form of child labour in Bangladesh. She illustrates goal 1 – no poverty. Poverty is multidimensional and goes beyond income poverty. Girls bear the brunt of poverty in many societies: they are often the first in a household to drop out of school, or miss out on food.

Photograph: Ken Hermann/Save the Children

Goal 2 – zero hunger

Eleven-year-old schoolgirl Djeneba peels the corn harvested by her familyEleven-year-old schoolgirl Djeneba peels the corn harvested by her family. She illustrates goal 2 – zero hunger. Women and girls are often excluded from decision making on land and resources critical to their livelihoods and food security. Work on this goal must ensure that women and girls – who are frequently responsible for their family’s smallholdings – benefit equally from all targets, especially from access to land and financial services.

Photograph: World Vision

Goal 3 – good health and wellbeing

A midwife examines a heavily pregnant woman in Myanmar’s Chin State, illustrating goal 3 – good health and wellbeing. A midwife examines a heavily pregnant woman in Myanmar’s Chin StateThis goal has a wide range of areas including: reducing maternal mortality, ending preventable deaths of newborns and children under five, ending and combating diseases such as HIV and malaria, reducing non-communicable diseases, improving treatment of substance abuse, reducing deaths and injuries from traffic accidents, ensuring sexual and reproductive health and rights services and universal health coverage for all.

Photograph: Peter Biro/International Rescue Committee

Goal 4 – quality education

goal 4 – quality educationGirls at school in Bihar state, India, illustrating goal 4 – quality education, which recognises the transformative power of inclusive education. It aims to ensure access to free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education for girls and boys and to technical vocational and tertiary education and relevant skills for sustainable development, including literacy and numeracy, for youth and adults. Photograph: Ehtisham Husain/European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development

Goal 5 – gender equality

Goal 6 – clean water and sanitation

Goal 7 – affordable and clean energy

Goal 8 – decent work and economic growth

 
 
 
 

Goal 9 – industry, innovation and infrastructure

Goal 10 – reduced inequalities

Goal 11 – sustainable cities and communities

Young volunteers at the Family Planning Association of Albania gather at their university residence in Tirana illustrating goal 11 – sustainable cities and communities. This goal is key for girls and women as many face the risk of gender-based violence in and around the cities and settlements they live in on a daily basis. This threat is exacerbated by disasters, lack of safe public transport and street lighting.

Goal 12 – responsible consumption and production

Goal 13 – climate action

Goal 14 – life below water

 

A woman fishes for tilapia in El Salvador as part of a youth economic empowerment programme, illustrating goal 14 – life below water.

Reductions in pollution and controls on overfishing will help girls and women living in the poorest small-scale fishing communities.

There is often a misconception that women do not fish, yet their livelihoods are often linked to small-scale fishing, through coastal fishing and in fish markets.

Goal 15 – life on land

Goal 16 – peace, justice and strong institutions

Goal 17 – partnerships for the goals

 
 

This excellent slideshow is cross-posted from the Guardian in the UK site. If you have photos to contribute please get in touch with us.

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