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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