MDG Progress in Short 3: Promoting Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

Interestingly, this goal points out that women carry the bulk of responsibility when it comes to feeding the majority of the world as farmers.  Could it be that women, having been withheld from higher education due to social and economic circumstances, are now struggling to find better ways of feeding their families and creating surplus from which to maintain a stable household?  Let us note that women are not at the helm of latest “green revolution” being posed by corporate backers such as Monsanto.  Their solution is to make these women farmers (through gatekeeper husbands) beholden to Monsanto’s “aid”, rather sharing the science behind non-market solutions such as homemade bio-char and permaculture.  Sister Vandana Shiva I’m sure has plenty to say on this matter.

Goal 3: Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women

Despite this progress, gender parity in primary and secondary education—a target that was to be met by 2005—is still out of reach for many developing regions. For primary education, the steepest challenges are found in Oceania, sub-Saharan Africa and Western Asia.

Poverty puts girls at a distinct disadvantage in terms of education. Girls of primary-school age from the poorest 60 per cent of households are three times more likely to be out of school as those from the wealthiest households.

In countries where the agricultural sector predominates, women are mostly employed in agriculture and largely in vulnerable jobs—in subsistence farming, as unpaid family workers or as own-account workers—with no or little financial security or social benefits. (pg 22)

Women are also elected in far greater numbers under systems of proportional representation, rather than majority/ plurality systems. (pg. 25)

All the data listed in this blog set are pulled from the Millenium Development Goals Report of 2010, a progress report issued by the UN earlier in 2010. Each goal can help us understand some of the pressing crises of the world, bringing it into focus in our own lives.  Click here to find out some ways to get involved and make this new year time to reflect on the needs of the world.



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