Advancing Women’s Empowerment in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States

Written by Shelley Ranii on the Center on International Cooperation blog:

“On the topic of gender equality, admirable progress seems to have been made in theEighth Session of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) discussion of “Promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women’s empowerment.” As the Co-Chairs’ concluding remarks and summary bullet pointssummed up, “gender equality was affirmed as an end in itself and as an essential means for sustainable development and poverty eradication.” There was also “very broad support for a two-pronged approach to reflecting gender equality and women’s empowerment in the SDGs: through a stand-alone goal and mainstreaming gender equality in other goals.” In fact, as UN Women counted more than 100 states to be supporting the inclusion of gender equality in the post-2015 agenda, gender equality appears to be one of the most, if not the most, supported issue areas for the post-2015 development agenda yet.”

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