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Event (DC): Ensuring Vulnerable Women’s Autonomy Through Economic Independence and Professional Integration:Morocco’s Accomplishments of the Millennium Development Goals

ABSTRACT: In recent years the Kingdom of Morocco has made important strides in achieving the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set out by the United Nations. One of the MDGs is the promotion of gender equality and empowerment of women. Aicha Ech-Channa will discuss her 25-year experience as a social activist defending the rights of women and providing them with the necessary psychological counseling and legal assistance. Other topics include women’s literacy, property rights, and political participation. Continue reading

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Publication: “Gender Inequality and the MDGs: What are the Missing Dimensions?”

In view of the MDG summit in New York next week, this paper sheds light on the bottlenecks that continue to hinder progress across all the MDG targets. Using the OECD Development Centre’s Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI), our research finds that the countries with the highest levels of discrimination against women are also those performing most poorly across the range of MDG targets. By focusing on MDGs 1, 2 and 5, our results show that women’s lack of control over resources, their limited decision-making power and status in the family and household, and the violence that compromises their physical security will continue to be obstacles to the achievement of the MDGs over the next five years. In short, discrimination against women appears to matter.


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Resource: MDG +10 Summit IPS Newsletter on ‘8 Goals through a Gender Lens’


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Resource: IPS MDG3 Quarterly Newsletter

August issue of IPS MDG3 quarterly newsletter reporting the work done by IPS internationally and regionally, alone and with the MDG3 partners, within the project Communicating for Change: Getting Voice, Visibility and Impact for Gender Equality. Read or download the full newsletter – http://www.ips.org/mdg3/MDG3_Newsletter_5.pdf

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Event: OECD, UNIFEM, ICRW: Panel Discussion: “From Behind the Scenes to the Forefront: Gender Equality, Social Institutions and the Millennium Development Goals”

1 July 2010 Room B, NLB United Nations Headquarters 760 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017 1.00pm-2.45pm

The OECD, ICRW and UNIFEM are organising a lunchtime panel discussion in New York on Thursday, 1 July 2010 on “From Behind the Scenes to the Forefront: Gender Equality, Social Institutions and the Millennium Development Goals”. The discussion will address how gender inequality in social institutions, such as norms around violence against women, disparities in political participation, early marriage or lack of access to economic resources can inhibit the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

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Multimedia: Women Deliver Conference Live Webstream

Women Deliver 2010, a global conference, will be held in Washington DC on June 7-9, 2010. The theme of the conference is: “Delivering solutions for girls and women,” and we plan to focus on political, economic, social/cultural, and technological solutions. This global meeting will expand on Women Deliver’s hallmark of inclusivity, reaching out to new partners and new communities. With all these partners in one room, we will further prove that maternal and reproductive health is a global priority. Women Deliver 2010 will move the dialogue to the global arena with two strong messages:

  • The MDGs will not be achieved without investing in women.
  • There is just enough time, if the world commits funding now, to achieve MDG5 — additional US$10 billion annually by 2010 and US$20 billion by 2015.

Access the webcast here

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News: Women and Power

By: Helen Clark Source: Huffington Post

As Prime Minister of my country for nine years and the first woman to lead the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), I believe that achieving gender equality is not only morally right, but also catalytic to development as a whole, creating political, economic, and social opportunities for women which benefit individuals, communities, countries, and the world.

This strong belief underpins my contribution at the Women Deliver event in Washington, DC during a discussion on women and power with an impressive panel of powerful women, including the creator of the Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington; former Chilean Prime Minister Michelle Bachelet; actress Ashley Judd; and Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor and Assistant to Barack Obama for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement.

Women Deliver was launched in 2007, and works globally to focus attention on fulfilling what is called “Millennium Development Goal #5.” This goal calls for a reduction in maternal mortality and universal access to reproductive health globally.

There are eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). They are the most broadly supported, comprehensive, and specific development goals on which the international community has ever agreed. These eight time-bound goals aim at tackling poverty in its many dimensions. There are goals and targets on income poverty, hunger, access to education, maternal and child health, deadly diseases, inadequate shelter, gender inequality, environmental degradation, and the Global Partnership for Development.

The MDGs were adopted by world leaders in 2000 when they signed the Millennium Declaration, with a target date of 2015. As one of the world leaders who traveled to New York that year to sign the Millennium Declaration, I am personally committed to their achievement. If they are achieved, world poverty would be cut by half, tens of millions of lives would be saved, and billions more people will have the opportunity to benefit from access to schooling, health services, and clean water and sanitation. Continue reading

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Multimedia: Presentation on ‘Gender Equality & Poverty Reduction; Good Practices & Lessons Learned’

Great presentation made by Agnes Quisumbing on March 9th at the United Nations that provides valuable insights as the MDGs are under review.

To see the presentation

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Resource: The Global Monitoring Report 2010, the MDGs After the Crisis

What is the human cost of the global economic crisis?

This year’s Global Monitoring Report (GMR) examines the impact of the worst recession since the Great Depression on poverty and human development outcomes in developing countries. Although the recovery is under way, the impact of the crisis will be lasting and immeasurable. GMR provides a development perspective on the global economic crisis and assesses the impact on developing countries—their growth, poverty reduction, and other MDGs. Finally, it sets out priorities for policy responses, both by developing countries and by  the international community.

Read, share, and comment on GMR 2010 online!