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Governments Must Make Financing Commitments To Promote Gender Equality Under SDGs

The Guardian: Development finance’s $83bn question: who will pay for gender equality?
Chiara Capraro of Christian Aid and Kasia Staszewska of ActionAid U.K., both co-chairs of the U.K. Gender and Development Working Group on Economic Justice

“…The Addis Ababa [Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FFD)] is of crucial importance to women. Decisions made in the Ethiopian capital will determine how the SDGs will be financed. Although no specific costing for achieving gender equality and women’s rights within the context of the SDGs has yet been calculated, in the case of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which expire this year, the gender equality financing gap in low-income countries was projected at $83 billion (£53 billion) in 2015. Because the new development agenda is universal — and far more ambitious than the MDGs — the costs are likely to be even greater. … [Governments] must reach a consensus on financing methods that can really make a difference for gender equality and women’s rights for years to come…” (6/24).