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The new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by Member States in September 2015 sets out 17 Goals and 169 associated targets to be achieved by 2030. Member States have adopted a comprehensive framework that includes Goal 5: “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls,” as well as mainstreaming of gender across other Goals and Targets. Target 5.2., “Elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation,” includes specific indicators for measuring violence against women (see box). In addition, SDG Target 11.7 (on providing safe public spaces) and Target 16.1 (on reducing all forms of violence and related deaths) include specific indicators that can also be used to measure and monitor prevalence of violence against women and girls.

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