‘We Do Not Want to be Mainstreamed into a Polluted Stream’: An Ecofeminist Critique of SDG 5

Sherilyn MacGregor, Aino Ursula Mäki

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This chapter evaluates SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls from an ecofeminist perspective. It outlines the risks and possibilities associated with linking developmental and environmental goals with the pursuit of gender equality through a focus on women. Our interrogation of SDG 5, and Agenda 2030 more broadly, is organised around two broad clusters of criticisms concerned with their reductionist view of gender and the production-reproduction dualism that underpins their green economic vision. In response to these criticisms, we suggest that the road to achieving SD must be paved, not with liberal concepts of equality and empowerment, but with ambitious political goals and concrete policies for a fundamental transformation in relations and responsibilities of socio-ecological reproduction in order to redress the structural dimensions of gendered and racialised injustice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Environment in Global Sustainability Governance
Subtitle of host publicationPerceptions, Actors, Innovations
EditorsLena Partzsch
Place of PublicationBristol
PublisherBristol University Press
ISBN (Print)978-1529228007
Publication statusPublished - 23 Nov 2023


  • gender equality
  • SDG5
  • ecofeminist political economy
  • environmental governance
  • social reproduction

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Sustainable Consumption Institute
  • Sustainable Futures


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