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Goal #3Gender Equity
Introduction

Poverty has a woman's face. Global prosperity and peace will only be achieved once all the world's people are empowered to order their own lives and provide for themselves and their families. Societies where women are more equal stand a much greater chance of achieving the Millennium Goals by 2015. Every single Goal is directly related to women's rights, and societies were women are not afforded equal rights as men can never achieve development in a sustainable manner.

The Targets

Goal 3 of the Millennium Development Goals sets out by the year 2015 to:

  • Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education preferably by 2005, and at all levels by 2015.
Did You Know?
  • Of the 1.3 billion people living in poverty around the world, 70% are women. (Source: World Revolution)
  • Women do about 66% of the world's work in return for less than 5% of its income. (Source: Women's International Network)
  • In the least developed countries nearly twice as many women over age 15 are illiterate compared to men. (Source: UNFPA)
  • Two-thirds of children denied primary education are girls, and 75% of the world’s 876 million illiterate adults are women. (Source: AskWoman)
  • Women work two-thirds of the world's working hours, produce half of the world's food, and yet earn only 10% of the world's income and own less than 1% of the world's property. (Source :World Development Indicators, 1997, Womankind Worldwide)
Achieving the Goals

In 2005, Mozambique signed a new law that gave women equal rights as members of a household. Women finally received the legal right to divorce, create pre-nuptial agreements and inherit property.

The Family Law legally redefined the status of women and overhauled marriage laws.

The law also limited marriage to women of 18 years of age and older. Men were now no longer the defacto head of household, and women are able to work outside the home without acquiring permission and can buy and manage financial assets. Members of the Family Law coalition are now teaching leaders how to practice the new laws in ways that will not undermine traditional views of the family.

Read the full story from Oxfam

Goal News

The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Jacques Rogge, and United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon discussed the IOC’s commitment to the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and how the IOC can use sport as a catalyst in partnership with the UN.


The ‘Citizens’ Report on the MDGs’ was released today at the UNDP Hall, New Delhi among representatives of civil society and the UN. Mani Shankar Aiyar, Union Minister for Panchayati Raj & Youth Affairs and Salil Shetty (Global Director of the UN Millennium Campaign – New York) spoke about the importance of the report.


Denouncing violence against women as “one of the most heinous, systematic and prevalent human rights abuses in the world,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has vowed to lead a campaign against the scourge.

In a message marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, commemorated on 25 November, Mr. Ban hailed progress in addressing the issue, but said there is “so much left to do to tear down the veil of tolerance which still sometimes surrounds it.”


Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro warned today that the pledges to slash poverty, hunger, disease and illiteracy by 2015, made by world leaders at the United Nations seven years ago, are at risk unless countries pay greater attention to empowering women and achieving gender equality.


UNITED NATIONS, Oct 16 (IPS) – In this 21st century, when medical science and gender empowerment are rising progressively, “no woman should die giving life”, declares Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, executive director of the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA).

“It is unacceptable that one woman dies every minute during pregnancy and childbirth when proven interventions exist,” she adds. “Millions of lives are at stake, and we must act now.”