The MDG conversation continues: Finding new ways to empower women

International donors and their civil-society and private-sector partners are increasingly focusing on gender issues in their quest to spur development. The Asia Foundation, for instance, has provided Nepalese trafficking survivors and those at risk of being trafficked with vocational training and education, enabling them to become economically self-reliant. Some now work as mechanics or drivers. Photo by: Asia Foundation

The United Nations Foundation, in collaboration with Devex, would like to hear from you about your experience promoting gender equality and empowering women.

Ten years ago, world leaders set ambitious targets for reducing poverty and improving social and economic conditions around the globe by 2015. Progress toward achieving the eight Millennium Development Goals has been impressive, despite the many challenges posed by conflict, climate change and financial calamities.

World leaders are gathering again this year to map out the homestretch of this momentous campaign. The Sept. 20-22 United Nations Millennium Development Goals Summit in New York promises to revitalize and refocus the international community on proven strategies for eliminating hunger, reducing poverty and boosting labor.

This is a unique opportunity for those on the front lines of the global fight against poverty to tell policymakers what is going on in the field – which approaches have proven successful, and which challenges remain.

The United Nations Foundation and Devex are hosting a conversation on each of the Millennium Development Goals, one at a time. It began in early June on “Goal 1: eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.”

And the conversation continues today – on “Goal 3: promote gender equality and empower women.” The target is to even the ratio of girls to boys in primary, secondary and tertiary education, increase the share of women holding paid jobs in the non-agricultural sector, and boost the proportion of seats held by women in national parliaments.

The international development community plays a critical role in achieving these targets, through initiatives large and small – from those strengthening health care and expanding women’s property and inheritance rights to others focused on boosting infrastructure and trade.

Tell us how your work is helping to promote gender equality and empower women. Your experience and knowledge is key to one of the most important initiatives of our time.

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  • Rolf Rosenkranz

    Rolf Rosenkranz oversees a talented team of in-house journalists, correspondents and guest contributors located around the globe. Since joining Devex in early 2008, Rolf has been instrumental in growing its fledgling news operation into the leading online source for global development news and analysis. Previously, Rolf was managing editor at Inside Health Policy, a subscription-based news service in Washington. He has reported from Africa for the Johannesburg-based Star and its publisher, Independent News & Media, as well as the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, a German daily.