Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 5: Gender Equality

The fifth Sustainable Development Goal is to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.


21 modules have intended learning outcomes directly relating to this goal, and 2,652 students have the opportunity to choose these modules.


84 articles relating to this goal were published in Scopus between 2018 and 2022, and 781 articles were 'cited by' in Scopus.

What we're doing


The University of Leicester runs an annual Women’s Leadership Programme: Women Leading with Purpose. It is the University’s women-only leadership programme and is a core part of the University’s strategy to advance and promote gender equality across the University.

A final presentation event with all participants presenting group projects that addressed the University values, resulted in the University running its first ever Human Library event.

Individuals with a story to tell volunteer to be human books for an evening and readers attend to have open discussions with books about conversations and topics they might not normally have access to, that work to break down barriers between social groups. The first Human Library event was held in the David Wilson Library on 26 September 2023.


As part of a collaboration between the University of Leicester and the University of the West Indies on the project ‘Representing Gender-Based Violence: Literature, Performance and Activism in the Anglophone Caribbean’, workshops were delivered during March and April 2022 to high school students in Jamaica who went on to win awards based on their ‘Stop Gender Based Violence’ drama performance.

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