Seeking accountability on women’s human rights: women debate the Millennium Development Goals

Seeking accountability on women’s human rights: women debate the Millennium Development Goals

Debates on gender and the MDGs

This publication brings together a wide range of issues and debates in relation to gender and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This compilation of articles and opinion briefs are presented from different regions and explore diverse issues, all contributing to the debate on gender and MDGs.

The debates include looking at the impact of gender activism; how are different players interpreting the MDGs; what are some of the broader challenges which need to be addressed?

Many of the articles explore how to use the MDGs as tools to challenge the existing status quo, to demand action on women’s key concerns, to mobilize civil society in both North and South, to highlight labour rights and employment needs, and to push for a global reordering of the world’s resources.

Main issues include:

  • seeking accountability on women’s human rights
  • contextualizing the MDGs
    • international law
    • gender and trade
    • jobs and political power
    • gender and economic reforms in Africa
    • are the MDGs a new conditionality?
    • gender mainstreaming trade and development policies
    • debating strategies for approaching the MDGs
    • transforming the MDGs as a tool for rights, equality, sustainable development and peace
    • millennium indicators

    [Adapted from authors]

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