SDG 5 - Gender equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

SDG 5 

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Less hardship, more opportunities

Access to clean water nearby, lighting after dark, including in health facilities, online education, reliable electricity supply, all contribute to enhancing the health and status of women in society. They allow women to focus more on value-added tasks, contributing to local economies while reducing the time they spend on daily chores.

25 IEC TC/SCs, 1 IEC SyC and 4 IEC CA Systems contribute to SDG 5.

 


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IEC for SDGs

IEC will undertake a campaign to help the IEC community, as well as external stakeholders, better understand...
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Diversity statement

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Philippe Metzger - IGC International Gender Champion

Marianna Kramarikova is the focal point of IEC at the IGC.
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Women in standards

Marianna Kramarikova, IEC Technical Officer - Director at WIS
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Women at IEC

IEC work addresses topics related to gender equality

Electricity access

Electricity access

Education

Education

Radio

Radio

Software

Software

Electricity generation

Electricity generation

Computer hardware and displays

Computer hardware and displays

Television

Television

Safety

Safety

Lighting

Lighting

Mobile phones

Mobile phones

E-readers

E-readers

Clean water

Clean water

Audio

Audio

Data storage systems

Data storage systems

IEC work directly impacts the following SDG targets

5.2 Eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls in public and private spheres

Gender based violence often happens after dark: women need the security and protection afforded by lighting.

  • IEC TC 34 and 4 SCs: Lamps and related equipment;
  • IEC TC 100/TA 16: Active assisted living (AAL), wearable electronic devices and technologies, accessibility and user interfaces;
  • IEC SyC AAL: Active assisted living

5.5 Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities

Energy poverty costs time and money: girls and women spend 2 to 8 hours daily gathering fuel for lighting and cooking, and a high percentage of household income is spent on low-quality energy, such as kerosene. IEC work enables access to sustainable electricity, lighting, and clean water nearby. This allows women to spend more time contributing to local economies and societies.

  • IEC TC 27: Industrial electroheating and electromagnetic processing [safety aspects];
  • IEC TC 34 and 4 SCs: Lamps and related equipment;
  • IEC SC 48B: Electrical connectors;
  • IEC TC 59: Performance of household and similar electrical appliances;
  • IEC TC 61: Safety of household and similar electrical appliances;
  • IEC SC 62A: Common aspects of electrical equipment used in medical practice;
  • IEC SC 62B: Diagnostic imaging equipment;
  • IEC SC 62D: Electromedical equipment;
  • IEC TC 64: Electrical installations and protection against electric shock;
  • IEC TC 66: Safety of measuring, control and laboratory equipment;
  • IEC TC 76: Optical radiation safety and laser equipment;
  • IEC TC 87: Ultrasonics;
  • IEC TC 100/TA 16: Active assisted living (AAL), wearable electronic devices and technologies, accessibility and user interfaces;
  • IEC TC 106: Methods for the assessment of electric, magnetic and electromagnetic fields associated with human exposure;
  • IEC SyC AAL: Active assisted living;
  • IECEE: IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components;
  • IECQ: IEC Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components

5.B Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communication technology, to promote the empowerment of women

IEC International Standards underpin all types of communication technology including computer hardware, internet access, data storage systems and software.

  • IEC TC 86 and 3 SCs: Fibre optics;
  • IEC TC 100/TA 16: Active assisted living (AAL), wearable electronic devices and technologies, accessibility and user interfaces;
  • IEC TC 100/TA 20: Analogue and digital audio;
  • IEC TC 108: Safety of electronic equipment within the field of audio/video, information technology and communication technology;
  • IEC SyC AAL: Active assisted living;
  • ISO/IEC JTC 1: Information technology.

 

IEC and SDGs

End poverty and hunger. Achieve food security and promote sustainable agriculture

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Reduce inequality within and among countries

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Conserve and sustainably use ocean, sea and marine resources

Promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, halt and reverse land degradation and biodiversity loss

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable institutions at all levels

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development