Gender Must Be Integrated Into Post-2015 Development Goals

Devex: Gender and poverty interventions: 5 ways to get it right in 2015
Sylvia Chant, professor of development geography at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Gwendolyn Beetham, senior program coordinator at Douglass Residential College at Rutgers University

“…For gender advocates, one of the main critiques of the MDGs was that gender was not fully integrated throughout each of the eight goals, and that, as a result, the focus on these goals caused gender to remain heavily circumscribed in poverty reduction policy and programming. How can we do better this time around? Researchers and advocates such as the Post-2015 Women’s Coalition have already begun offering suggestions. Following these important contributions, we want to share some of the key lessons learned. … 1. Take household relationships seriously. … 2. Recognize unpaid care work. … 3. Mainstreaming is needed, but so are targeted programs for women. … 4. Targeting women should not mean increasing women’s burden. … 5. The bigger picture? Structural problems need structural solutions…” (10/22).

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