Gender equality is at the forefront of the 2030 Development Agenda. The Sustainable Development Goals include a stand-alone goal to advance equality and gender-related targets mainstreamed across the Global Goals. But if something has opened a door for drastic progress in the lives of women and girls worldwide, it is the principle of leaving no one behind.
Leaving no one behind means prioritizing human beings’ dignity and placing the progress of the most marginalized communities first – women and girls being all too often at the top of the list. It urges us to address the structural causes of inequality and marginalization that affect them.
This ambitious undertaking requires a collective effort to identify and share effective strategies to operationalize this concept. This factsheet offers practical insights based on the experience of UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality (FGE) in working with marginalized populations through its support to women-led civil society organizations (CSOs).