A Better World sets out our vision of the world we want to live in in 2030, a world that is more equal, peaceful and sustainable. It identifies four policy priorities and the first of these is gender equality, which, we realise, is fundamental if we are to reach the furthest behind first. All too often, it is women and girls who are the hardest hit by the effects of extreme poverty, climate change and conflict. We know that empowering women and girls leads to better socio-economic outcomes, not only for them but for all members of society. That is why we will support women’s participation in political decision making and in international peacebuilding. This reality underpins our intent to prioritise education and to fund a new initiative for women’s economic empowerment. And it explains why we will work with partners to expand women and girls’ choices and capabilities, give women, in all their diversity, an equal voice and end violence against women and girls.