Investing more in women and girls should not be only about allocating more money to issues relevant to them, a civil society leader says. It should also be about empowering women and girls and putting them at the heart of the development debate, she adds.
“They should be at the table when political leaders and donors define how new funds will be allocated – and how the new aid architecture will be implemented. Women should be at the policy table when development assistance allocation decisions are made – and when the funds are spent,” Carol Peasley, president of CEDPA, writes in the Huffington Post.
CEDPA is an international nonprofit organization that seeks to improve the lives of girls and women in developing countries.
Peasley says CEDPA applauds the focus given to women and girls at the U.N. summit on the Millennium Development Goals.
“But, we urge all the participants to push even harder to ensure that women are at the policy table when country priorities are defined and when government policymakers decide how funds are to be allocated and how programs are to be implemented,” Peasley notes.
She adds: “If women’s voices are at the table – and if they are heard and listened to – we can all be sure that investments will be made in ways that enhance the likelihood of meeting the MDG’s in 2015.”