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Gender Equality & The Millennium Development Goals


The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) provide a shared vision of a much improved world by 2015, where extreme poverty is cut in half, child mortality is greatly reduced, gender disparities in primary and secondary education are eliminated, women are more empowered, and health and environment indicators improve within a global partnership for development (see Box 1). These goals are ambitious and their attainment will require a serious and concerted global effort. Progress toward achieving the MDGs has been mixed: the goals for eradicating extreme poverty and providing access to safe water are likely to be met, at least at the global level. However, based on current rates of progress, it may be more difficult to meet many of the other goals by 2015, such as achieving universal primary education, promoting gender equality and reducing child mortality. A gender equality perspective will facilitate attaining the goals – gender equality is important not only as a goal in itself, but also as a path towards achieing the other goals.

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