Women’s Groups Say Gender Equality is a Must for Sustainable Development

United Nations, Jun 24 2015 (IPS) – On the eve of negotiations on the political declaration for the United Nations Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda, the Women’s Major Group (WMG) calls on governments to define a transformative agenda to ensure just, sustainable and rights-based development.

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The goal of the event “No Sustainable Development Without Equality”, held on Tuesday 2015 June 23, was to launch 10 Red Flags reflecting concern about gender equality and human rights and highlighting the areas that need to be strengthened to achieve a truly transformative agenda.

Gender equality and human rights are cross-cutting priorities but they have never received enough recognition,”

said Eleanor Blomstrom, WMG Organising Partner and Program Director of Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO).

“If we want the Post-2015 Development Agenda to be successful, these issues must be fully recognised as critical priorities,”

she added.

Women and girls comprise the majority of people living in poverty, experience persistent and multidimensional inequalities, and bear a disproportionate burden of the impacts of financial and environmental crisis, natural disasters and climate change.

According to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), girls account for the majority of children not attending school; almost two-thirds of women in the developing world work in the informal sector or as unpaid workers in the home. Despite greater parliamentary participation, women are still out numbered four-to-one in legislatures around the world.

Gender equality and the full realisation of the human rights of girls and women of all ages are cross-cutting issues themselves but they’re also essential for poverty eradication and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Nurgul Djanaeva, WMG Organizing Partner and President of the Forum of Women’s NGOs of Kyrgyzstan, stressed the importance of keeping the private and public sector accountable, especially on gender equality, in order to achieve gender equality and sustainable development.

“There must be regional, national and global reviews and constant data collection and analysis. Likewise, all the results need to be measured,”

she said.

“Transparent and inclusive processes, as well as effective monitoring and evaluative mechanisms, are a must here. A lack of accountability tools is considered as a violation of human rights”,

she added.

Speakers at the event also put special emphasis on the key role played by feminist organisations at both the grassroots and international levels, as well as the urgent need for international cooperation and public-private partnerships to achieve gender equality and therefore sustainable development.

Edited by Kitty Stapp

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11 responses to “Women’s Groups Say Gender Equality is a Must for Sustainable Development

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  4. So sustainable development??? Are they saying that a person confused about what sex they are being in the soul realm opposite their born gender, or their born gender opposite or opposing gender is beneficial? It seems to me, that even nature shows (baring a deformity) that a male creature knows it’s a male creature and so one for the female? What is more sustainable for the future as well as the past the success of the world in former generations was it clouded and halted by thoughts of gender resistance? Gender unhappy is unlikely to make the world a better place. If you are a man, stay a man. A woman, be the best woman you can be. Otherwise, what can a gender change benefit mankind in likes normal people have literally built all things both good and bad, positive and negative without any change or confusion? Changing ones gender cannot increase blessing, but decrease increase in the whole- there will always be divisions? There are goats and sheep, evil and good? Confused, and normals.

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    • Those male and female human beings who best stay what they are born in should always have the right to decide for themselves how they want to cloth themselves and even when we do not like it when they decide to have relationships with people of their own gender this would not give us the right to kill them or to shun them. We always should respect those who have chosen themselves for other ways and when they have chosen to change their personality from man to woman or the reverse, we also should respect that choice and know that there can be faults in nature and that man has received the medical knowledge to help others to come in a more acceptable state.

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    • You must know that there exist male and female human being who from childhood feel that they are in a wrong body. Their gender does not feel right. Some of them may even have elements of a male and female in one body.

      In ancient times such types where often used on fairs as special curiosity attractions.

      Today we know better and medics have enough background to examine a person to see if they have a real serious case to go over for treatment.

      It would be egoistic of us not to allow somebody who is born in a wrong body, not to set it right as far as we can help them in a medical way.

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