Gender equality and women’s rights in the post-2015 agenda

The OECD has recently released a new paper on gender equality and the post-2015 agenda, entitled “Gender equality and women’s rights in the post-2015 agenda: A foundation for sustainable development”.

Conference on Gender Equality in Government an...

Conference on Gender Equality in Government and Business – MENA Initiative (Photo credit: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Develop)

Read summary points below.

• Gender equality and women’s rights are key to addressing the unfinished business of the  Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and accelerating global development beyond 2015.  Gender equality matters in its own right, and as a prerequisite for the health and development  of families and societies, and a driver of economic growth.

• The post-2015 framework should 1) retain a strong, stand-alone goal on gender equality  and women’s empowerment, as recommended by the UN High Level Panel on the Post-2015  Development Agenda (HLP); and 2) include gender-specific targets and indicators in the other  goals.

Userpage icon for supporting gender equality.

Userpage icon for supporting gender equality. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

• A strong post-2015 framework will take a holistic view of gender inequalities: 1) addressing  girls’ completion of a quality education, 2) women’s economic empowerment, 3) universal  access to sexual and reproductive health and rights, 4) ending violence against women and girls, 5) women’s voice, leadership and influence, 6) women’s participation in peace and security, 7) women’s contributions to environmental sustainability.

• The new framework will need to confront the discriminatory social norms and practices that  underlie gender inequality, such as early marriage or tolerance of violence against women.

Targets and indicators on gender equality act as a powerful stimulus for action. When girls and  women are visible in data collection and reporting, governments and donors invest more in  gender equality. There is an urgent need for ongoing investment in statistical capacity building  and monitoring to improve the measurement of gender equality indicators and the collection of  data disaggregated by sex.

Click here to access the full paper.


  • [Secretariat of the Pacific Community] SPC Launches Pacific Women’s Legal Rights Handbook (

    The first day of the 12th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women concluded with the launch of a new publication – Supplement to Law for Pacific Women: A legal rights handbook – published by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community’s Regional Rights Resource Team (SPC RRRT).

    The publication, launched by former SPC RRRT Human Rights Advisor, Ms. Imrana Jalal, provides an update on how the law affects women in the Pacific today. It updates Ms. Jalal’s 1998 landmark research, published in Law for Pacific Women, which provided the region’s first picture of how legislation in the Pacific affects women.

  • Why We Can’t Rely on Feminism Alone to Solve Gender Inequality (
    A few days ago I wrote a piece about egalitarianism which argued, in part, that treating feminism as the only viable avenue towards gender equality will not produce gender equality. I’d like to expand that claim today by arguing that because mainstream feminism focuses only on situations where women — and, sadly, sometimes only white, cis-het women — face unequal treatment, it cannot fight for true, absolute gender equality. To be clear: I am not arguing against feminism but rather against the implication, per se, that feminism is the only path towards equality and that therefore any other movement (egalitarianism, the men’s rights movement) is inherently noxious.In short, feminism is best defined as the fight for gender equality via the empowerment of women. The question, however, is what happens when we remember that not only women are treated unequal (“unequal” here being defined in the sense that some feminists use it — i.e., not the same).
    there is overwhelming statistical evidence that boys are falling behind in schools and that less men are graduating from college. (Here’s a fun note: if you’re reading this blog and you think I’m being petty for bringing up this 8% figure, consider that a female engineer making 95 cents to a male engineers dollar is about a 5% difference.) The traditional counterargument is that yes, but women have less opportunities than men so we should celebrate their getting ahead. But should we?
  • Britain falls behind best developing countries as gender gap stays static (
    Research by the World Economic Forum found that the UK had failed to improve its 18th place in the rankings following a steady decline from 9th since 2006.As in 2012, the table was dominated by northern Europe, with Iceland first, Finland second, Norway third and Sweden fourth. But a number of middle-income and developing countries were above the UK, including the Philippines (5th), Nicaragua (10th), Cuba (15th), Lesotho (16th) and South Africa (17th). The WEF said the high rankings of poorer countries were mainly due to the participation of women in the workforce.

    “Countries will need to start thinking of human capital very differently – including how they integrate women into leadership roles. This shift in mindset and practice is not a goal for the future, it is an imperative today,” said Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum.

    The report found a marked split within Europe between the high-scoring countries of the north and the lower-scoring countries of the south. Spain was 30th, France 45th and Italy 71st. Burundi and Mozambique featured in the top 30 alongside Lesotho and South Africa, well ahead of Japan (105th) and South Korea (111th). The WEF noted that through economic activity women were securing greater access to income and economic decision-making in some African countries, but it added that many women were doing low-skill, low wage jobs.

  • UN campaign uses Google autocomplete results to highlight gender inequality (
    “Women need to…” starts one. The most popular queries listed next by Google’s autocomplete function fill in the blank to say “women need to be put in their place,” “women need to know their place,” “women need to be controlled,” and “women need to be disciplined.”
    “When we came across these searches, we were shocked by how negative they were and decided we had to do something with them,” said Hunt to UN Women, a branch of the United Nations dedicated to gender equality and female empowerment.
  • Editorial: When women have same rights as men, how will we know? (
    World leaders have long recognized the value of empowering women, for their sake and to help achieve such long-term social goals as eradicating poverty, educating children, combating disease and protecting the environment. But how much progress toward gender equality is being made?
    Measures of gender inequality that rely on income as a proxy for economic empowerment, for example, fail to recognize that a woman’s contribution to the household can’t always be measured in monetary terms, and that a woman’s income is meaningless if she doesn’t get to decide how to spend it. Measures that use longevity as a proxy for violence ignore the effects that sexual and other abuse can have on a woman’s ability to reach her potential. Many data are collected too infrequently or in too few countries to be useful.What’s needed is a concerted, global effort to collect meaningful data and create indicators matching the Beijing objectives. This would entail cataloging the available information, identifying gaps, agreeing on international standards and helping poorer governments with the task of data collection. It would also involve asking slightly different questions. How many hours, for example, do women spend on unpaid domestic work? Who holds the purse strings in the household? Are men’s attitudes toward women changing?
  • When Will Women Rule The World? (
    It’s a great idea to measure progress and to use the Beijing conference as a landmark. The 12 strategic objectives set out there in 1995 offer a sensible framework for improving the lot of women. They focus on areas such as freedom from violence, decision-making power, economic equality, health care, education, management of natural resources and perceptions of women.Problem is, the measurement of progress remains fragmented and incomplete. Entities including the UN, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the World Economic Forum have created an alphabet soup of indicators aimed at tracking the gender gap, all with their own drawbacks and blind spots.

    A model for action can be found in the UN’s Millennium Development Goals — eight specific, measurable targets in areas such as poverty reduction, education and health that are supposed to be realized by 2015. Although far from perfect, the actionable targets have engendered more progress than many expected. They have done so because the UN and many of its most influential members made them a priority.

    Women’s rights can and should play a bigger role in the millennium goals. But they also need an independent focal point, an entity that can coordinate public and private initiatives, act as a clearinghouse for information, and enlist the cooperation of a wide range of developed and developing nations. The UN is probably the only organization that meets all the requirements — and it has a ready-made vehicle, known as UN Women, which was set up in 2010 specifically to promote gender equality and empowerment.

  • Focus on gender equality (
    “Women and men have their rights in our society but there are also minority groups whose rights we also need to look at and fight for.”
  • Gender Equality and Equality (
    he’ and ‘she’ they both have quality,
    they both have ability
    so we should prefer gender equity and equality….!

About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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