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Guardian Examines Inclusion Of Gender Equality In Global Development Agenda

The Guardian examines the issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment with respect to the global development agenda. “The Millennium Development Goal on gender set out to promote gender equality and empower women, with a target of eliminating gender disparity in all levels of education no later than 2015,” the newspaper writes, noting, “Indicators focused on ratios in education and literacy, wage employment and national parliaments.” The Guardian continues, “While MDG3 has helped boost political will, and encourage more development groups to invest in resources to promote women’s equality, broad progress towards gender equality has wavered, with persistent gender-based inequalities in health, education and politics around the world.” The newspaper includes quotes from U.N. Women Deputy Director John Hendra, “who spoke to the Guardian’s Global Development Professionals Network at the European Development Days in Brussels recently, [and said] the next development framework will need to tackle structural inequalities if it is to succeed where the current MDGs have fallen short” (Scott, 12/6).