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Investing In Women Key To MDG Success

Devex: How investing in women drives MDG success
Leith Greenslade, vice chair of the Office of the U.N. Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals and co-chair of Child Health at the MDG Health Alliance

“The great lesson of the Millennium Development Goals is that women hold the key to development, and the countries that have delivered the greatest gains in education for girls, jobs for women, and health care for pregnant women and new mothers are the star performers of the MDG era. … [B]ut we also need to stay vigilant against some dark clouds on the horizon that threaten continued advances in women’s and children’s health. Three forces — rapid population growth, urbanization, and continued conflict — could combine to threaten progress and derail gains among the populations of women and children who need them most…” (8/19).