‘Leaving no one behind’ in action

This brief contains observations from the Fund for Gender Equality’s (FGE) seven-year experience working with civil society. 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. 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 brief offers practical insights based on the experience of the FGE in working with marginalized populations through its support to women-led civil society organizations (CSOs).

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Bibliographic information

Subject area(s): Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Gender equality and inequality; Gender mainstreaming; Post-2015 Development Agenda and SDGs; Trust funds; Fund for Gender Equality

Resource type: Briefs

UN Women office involved in publication: UN Women Headquarters

Publication year: 2017

Number of pages: 8

Publishing entities: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)