Towards a post-2015 development framework: Response to the European Commission Public Consultation
According to Plan International EU Office, overall, the new global development framework should focus on the most marginalized people in society, with special focus on women and children.
It is essential that it is based on a Human Rights based approach and transformative targets, which promote women’s and children’s (particularly girls) strategic interests leading to long-term transformation in their control over their own lives instead of purely meeting their immediate practical needs.
Further, the new development framework must be participatory, inclusive of all stakeholders and at the same time be tailored to national and regional realities.
Gender equality should be central to the post 2015 framework
Women make up an estimated 2/3 of the world’s people living in extreme poverty. Gender inequality holds back progress on other development outcomes, it causes poverty and vulnerability.
Gender disparities leave poor women and girls disproportionately vulnerable to violence and poverty. Plan therefore believes that gender equality should be at the heart of the new development architecture, with priority to reaching the poorest and most marginalized, women and girls.
A new framework should ensure the best outcomes for girls and women. Plan proposes a twofold way forward:
- a) There is the need for a dedicated goal on gender equality as an important development and human rights goal in itself. A separate goal, highlighting the particular situation of girls, would focus on key barriers and better mobilize resources.
- b) Gender also needs to be mainstreamed across targets and indicators, which means that women and girls are specifically considered in the post 2015 framework with gender sensitive targets and indicators and sex-disaggregated data included under each goal.
Both, the dedicated goal and mainstreaming of gender equality would significantly help that not only the elimination of specific gender gaps is addressed and monitored but that the next development agenda “transforms the structural factors that underpin the widespread persistence of gender inequalities, gender-based violence, discrimination and unequal development progress between women and men, girls and boys.” (UN System Task Team report).
Gender equality reduces poverty and vulnerability and contributes to pro-poor growth. Without specifically addressing the causes of gender inequality, women’s and girl’s poverty will persist.