From November 2016 to March 2017 we disseminated our National SDG Advocacy Scorecard to gauge the extent to which grassroots women’s rights and gender equality organizations (typically excluded from national data collection activities and decision-making) have been involved in national-level Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) implementation discussions and processes. This scorecard specifically collects data on three dimensions of civil society engagement:
- Knowledge and access to resources;
- Participation and partnerships; and
Equipped with this data, Women Thrive and its Alliance members will work to hold national governments and global development institutions accountable to leaving no one behind and developing implementation strategies that are inclusive, participatory, and citizen-led.
We launched our Global and Nigeria-specific reports this year at the Commission of the Status of Women in New York City, and will be continuing to publish cumulative reports, country-by-country, as our members coalesce to implement national advocacy campaigns for Goal 5 of the SDGs.
Our results (from more than 100 organizations across the Global South) show that while grassroots women’s rights organizations are ready and eager to lend their unique experience and expertise to make the SDG implementation process successful and sustainable (especially for SDG5), they are not being included in decision making. Our recommendations based on this data are that more funding is needed for grassroots advocacy around SDG5 implementation and that civil society participation in national-level SDG implementation processes must be better supported.