SDG 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Photo: UN Women/ShaistaChishty
Photo: UN Women/Shaista Chishty


  • By 2030, ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology and financial services, including microfinance.
  • Create sound policy frameworks at the national, regional and international levels, based on pro-poor and gender-sensitive development strategies, to support accelerated investment in poverty eradication actions.
  • By 2030, eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, currently measured as people living on less than USD 1.25 a day.
  • By 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions.
  • Implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, and by 2030 achieve substantial coverage of the poor and the vulnerable.
  • By 2030, build the resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable situations and reduce their exposure and vulnerability to climate-related extreme events and other economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters.
  • Ensure significant mobilization of resources from a variety of sources, including through enhanced development cooperation, in order to provide adequate and predictable means for developing countries, in particular least developed countries, to implement programmes and policies to end poverty in all its dimensions.
SDG 1: No poverty

World leaders have committed to ending poverty by 2030. But that aspiration can only be achieved by ending the discrimination that traps women in poverty. Globally, 1 in 5 girls are in households living on less than US$1.90 a day, a sum that leaves them without enough food, housing, health care or education.

More women than men live on less than $1.9- a day.

Between the ages of 25 and 34, poverty gaps between women and men are particularly acute as women struggle to combine paid work with an unequal burden of care for children and other dependents. Globally, for every 100 men in this age group who are poor, there are 122 women.

Women’s poverty arises from unequal access to economic resources. Discriminatory norms may keep them in certain occupations, working for wages less than those of men. Legal statutes may restrict their ability to inherit land or seek credit. Women left financially dependent on men are more vulnerable to poverty, and less equipped to manage risks such as economic downturns.

UN Women acts to end poverty through programmes aimed at income security, decent work and economic autonomy. Providing training, loans and practical skills to empower poor women economically, the programmes give them a voice. We help ensure women’s equal access to essential services, control over land and other property, inheritance, natural resources, new technology and financial services.


Durdana, a once landless woman farmer, proudly shows off her land and Land Tenancy Agreement in Dadu District, Sindh Province, Pakistan. Photo: UN Women/Faria Salman

From where I stand: Khateeja Mallah
Farming is the only source of income for Khateeja Mallah, a widow from Pakistan, who has to feed eight children. Mallah, who was landless with no entitlement to the crops and the land where she worked, is one of 1214 landless women farmers who have received land tenancy rights through a programme being implemented by UN Women, FAO, and ILO.

Mercedes Ruiz. Photo: UN Women/Laura Soriano

Colombian women growing coffee, brewing peace
Colombia’s half-a-century-long armed conflict has pushed several rural and indigenous women to severe levels of poverty. An initiative by UN Women has supported these women to develop leadership and business skills to boost their economic and political empowerment.

Catherine Wolf, Programme Analyst with UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, and Zabel Hayruni of Green Lane talking to  beneficiaries in the community of Aghavnadzor. Photo: Green Lane/Armen Sarukhanyan

Empowering women in the farthest corners of Armenia
In most rural areas in Armenia, people rely on small scale and subsistence farming. Without appropriate processing equipment, women farmers couldn’t rely on sustainable income from their produce. A UN Women Fund for Gender Equality programme is supporting women farmers, providing them with equipment and training to diversify and market their produce.