What Will Shape Women’s Rights Over the Next 15 Years?

By Carlo Kweifio-Okai on January 14, 2015 for http://www.theguardian.com—
“Decisions made in 2015 will help shape the women’s rights agenda for the next 15 years. In September, world leaders will endorse a new set of development goals at the UN. The proposed sustainable development goals (SDGs), which will replace the millennium development goals (MDGs), feature a standalone goal on gender, which encourages the world to “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”.

Goal number five of the SDGs currently features nine targets, which are:

  • End all forms of discrimination against women and girls everywhere
  • Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation
  • Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilations
  • Recognise and value unpaid care and domestic work, and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate
  • Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making
  • Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights
  • Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property
  • Enhance the use of enabling technologies, in particular ICT, to promote women’s empowerment
  • Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality”

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