|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|
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.
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
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.
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.