Keeping an eye on the bigger picture

Written by Hazel Reeves, consultant at the Institute of Development Studies on the CBM blog.

“How will you be celebrating International Women’s Day on the 8th March? I will be en route to New York, along with other gender specialists, women’s rights activists, donors, and government representatives from across the world. The 10th March marks the start of the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), due to interrogate progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and ask what the post-MDG, post-2015, international development framework should look like.

The UN Secretary-General’s report for CSW acknowledges that except for some success on girls’ education at primary level, progress on gender equality across all the MDGs is slow and uneven. Shockingly, maternal mortality is the goal least likely to be met. This is despite the fact that maternal mortality is largely preventable.

We know that gender inequality is the most pervasive and intransigent of inequalities. So we know that another 15 years of ‘business as usual’ will be similarly doomed to failure. We need a post-2015 development framework that has a strong vision of social justice and gender equality, transformative goals, strongly aligned to human rights and women’s rights frameworks. But haven’t we demanded this before?”

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