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EU’s increased efforts to promote gender equality in post-2015

27 March 2014
The recent session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) closed early Saturday morning after two weeks of intense negotiations with a series of recommendations. Plan welcomes the EU’s support for a stand-alone goal on and the mainstreaming of gender equality in the set of international targets that will define the post-2015 global agenda. The agreement also said gender equality must underpin all other goals. However, Plan still believes much more needs to be done, in particular on acknowledging the importance of the empowerment of girls in the post-2015 agenda, as well as ensuring the full participation of many girls worldwide in the decisions which directly affect their lives.

EU: targeting the “unfinished business” of the MDGs

The agreed conclusions will imply to see more gender specific targets applied across all areas, including education, health, economic justice, and the environment. As stated by the EU, promoting gender equality and women’s and girl’s rights is a crucial part of the “unfinished business” of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and key to accelerating global sustainable development beyond 2015. During the UN CSW session, the EU acknowledged the need to move towards a right-based approach and sex disaggregated data. There is a need to enhance the role of women and girls as key actors to unlock the drive for sustainable development.

Alexandra Makaroff, Head of Plan EU Office, said that “it was great to see that the EU is committed to build a new momentum for women worldwide. Women and girls represent half of the world population and therefore they must be considered a universal priority in the elaboration of the post-2015 framework. We have to make sure that all commitments will now be fulfilled.”

58th CSW to address MDG achievements

The 58th Commission convened at the UN headquarters in New York to address the challenges and achievements of the MDGs in improving the lives of women and girls in developing countries. The CSW’s recommendations will help shape priorities, particularly those affecting women and girls, for the next global sustainable development framework.

Sarah Hendriks, Plan International’s Global Gender advisor, said: “We are delighted to see a proposal for a stand-alone goal on gender equality. It both recognises the need for stronger human rights and acknowledges the destructive and long-term effects that practices such as child, early and forced marriage, female genital mutilation, unpaid and poorly paid work, violence and discrimination can have upon the lives of millions of girls and women. We also welcome the CSW’s conclusions on sexual and reproductive health rights which directly impact the lives of women and girls.

Editor's notes

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Alejandra Morales
Communications and Media Officer
Plan EU Office
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Zara Rapoport
Advocacy Officer
Plan International
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