Policy makers must be mindful of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), otherwise known as the global goals in drafting policies. Of note is SDG 11 which speaks to making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, as well as, SDG 5 which emphasizes gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in society. Gender-based harassment whether in urban or rural areas is nothing to smile about and needs urgent attention. Our women and girls must feel a sense of safety and security as they go about their daily business. We will never attain sustainable development without first embracing a culture of gender equality.
In the words of Kofi Annan, gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance.