Contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals: empowering women and girls
In response to the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2015, the ERM Foundation has finalized its process to align its activities with selected SDGs and targets.
As part of this process, we have adopted “empowering women and girls” as a new priority area. This recognizes that female empowerment is not only a human rights obligation, it is also necessary to advancing the three elements of sustainable development: environmental, social and economic.
In addition to viewing our existing focus areas through a gender lens, we have decided to focus on two new key areas: enabling more women and girls to enter science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers, and supporting female entrepreneurs who create sustainable livelihoods for women, particularly in developing countries. Research suggests that women’s income helps break the cycle of poverty and contributes to a productive economy. Through supporting economic empowerment, we believe we can contribute to longer-term solutions that have benefits for all the community.