Partnerships for the Goals

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| Editors: Walter Leal Filho, Anabela Marisa Azul, Luciana Brandli, Pinar Gökcin Özuyar, Tony Wall

Women-Led Partnerships and the Achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals

  • Laurel SteinfieldEmail author
  • Wendy HeinEmail author
Living reference work entry


Key Acronyms


Association for Women’s Rights in Development


Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women


Center for Economic and Social Rights


Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era


Millennium Development Goal


Nongovernmental Organization


Sustainable Development Goal


United Nations


Women-Led Partnership


Women-led partnerships (WLPs) are multi-stakeholder groups that may include representatives from civil society, corporations, governments, as well as individuals and community-based groups acting in concert to achieve a common goal. Working together, this goal focuses on improving the livelihoods of women and correcting gender-based...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Marketing DepartmentBentley UniversityWalthamUSA
  2. 2.Department of Management, School of Business, Economics and InformaticsBirkbeck University of LondonLondonUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Monica Thiel
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Public Administration and School of Business AdministrationUniversity of International Business and Economics & China University of PetroleumBeijingChina