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British Development Secretary Says Growing Consensus That Women, Girls ‘Core Part’ Of Post-2015 Development Agenda

“Following meetings of the U.N. High-Level Panel (HLP) on Thursday, Britain’s international development secretary, Justine Greening, said there was growing consensus that women and girls ‘are a core part’ of the poverty alleviation framework being discussed in Monrovia,” the Guardian reports, noting the HLP concluded its meeting on February 1. “Greening added that the U.K. delegation had ‘stuck to our agenda’ of promoting private-sector involvement and job creation in development,” the newspaper writes.

“Women, the private sector, and transparency and accountability are all important elements of the U.K. agenda,” the Guardian notes, adding, “The rights of women and girls have been a particular issue for Greening.” The newspaper writes, “Judging from the strength of feeling from the meetings in Monrovia this week, women’s empowerment is expected to feature highly in the HLP’s recommendations, due to be published in May following another panel meeting in Bali in March.” The Guardian continues, “Women’s rights, particularly their sexual and reproductive rights, have already been a major topic of conversation among civil society groups, who held their own three-day event this week to lobby the panel” (Ford, 2/1).