Goal #5

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

SDG 5 Gender Equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

UNSW is committed to this goal and demonstrates its commitment through:

  • Cross-collaborative globally-leading research targeted at preventing gendered violence and promoting human rights
  • Gender equality in our education and teaching and a suite of women mentoring and women’s pre-university programs
  • Being an equal opportunity employer including our commitment to Athena SWAN and the work of the Division of Equity Diversity & Inclusion
  • Partnerships that champion gender equity and human rights

Essential to creating a better, fairer and more sustainable world.

A 2019 discussion paper from the UN Development Programme marks SDG #5 as an accelerator for achieving many of the other SDGs. Sadly, in many countries, many people think gender equality has progressed as far as it possibly can and that sexual harassment and discrimination are just part of human nature. From these views it’s clear we have not made as much progress as we think. Gender equality still requires action everywhere regardless of wealth, culture or religion so every country can continue to improve the lives of women and girls.   


In this video, Professor Eileen Baldry and Professor Leisa Sargent break down some of the key challenges behind SDG #5.

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UNSW is a proud supporter of the Athena Swan Charter, a Decadal Plan Champion and holds a Bronze Athena Swan Award for action towards advancing gender equity and diversity in STEMM disciplines in higher education and research.

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UNSW Strategy in Action 2025

The UNSW Strategy in Action 2025 commits to ensuring equity in staff recruitment, development, retention and promotion, particularly ensuring no disadvantage on the basis of gender, cultural background, disability or Indigenous origin. This includes a commitment to providing outstanding support and development opportunities for all who work and study at UNSW as well as promoting these values in our external interactions.


of female professional staff at level 10 and above by 2025


of female academic staff at levels D & E by 2025

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UNSW 2025 Strategy Update 

This document celebrates the key achievements of the first phase of the 2025 Strategy, highlighting where we have come from and where we are now. It also updates the framework against which we will assess, track and measure existing and new strategic initiatives over the next five years.


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Sexual Misconduct Annual Report 

UNSW launched a Sexual Misconduct Strategy (2019-2021) to provide a clear framework for the University to prevent and respond to sexual misconduct. In 2021, published its second annual report on the prevention of and response to sexual misconduct at UNSW.

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Women in Research Network

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UNSW's leading forum for research-active women to connect and collaborate to build an equitable and inclusive research culture at UNSW.

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UNSW Women's Collective

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An autonomous intersectional-feminist collective focused on activism, education and community organisation.

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The Gendered Violence Research Network

The Gendered Violence Research Network (GVRN) is a joint initiative of UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture and UNSW Law & Justice. Our network unites UNSW’s significant domestic and international research expertise to respond, prevent and end gendered violence in Australia and beyond. GVRN is at the forefront of developing solutions to prevent gendered violence – one of the most prevalent human rights violations affecting our world today. 

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The UNSW Institute for Global Development is underpinned by a commitment to enhancing social justice and inclusion through empowering individuals and their communities. They are currently leading a project on 'just transitions' and its intersection with gender. This work will explore what justice and gender inclusion look like from a multi-disciplinary lens to bridge the gap of gender inequality.

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An initiative of the Women’s Leadership Institute Australia, Champions of Change Coalition, and Chief Executive Women that aims to increase the visibility and contribution of women leaders in public and professional forums.

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UNSW Sustainable Development Goals 2020-2021 Report

This report outlines UNSW's performance against the SDGs over the years 2020-2021.


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