Author/Editor(s): Lorraine Corner
Gender equality and women's empowerment are key to achieving the Millennium Development Goals, which includes attaining universal primary education, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, combating HIV and AIDS, malaria and other diseases, eliminating extreme poverty and hunger, and ensuring environmental sustainability. However, progress has been slow in achieving the MDGs partly due to weak gender-responsive implementation of policies and programmes and a failure to link implementation to a rights-based approach that empowers all people — both women and men — to claim their rights and become active agents in their own development.
Making the MDGs Work for All emphasizes the need for stronger gender-responsive implementation of policies and programmes and acts as a tool for policy makers and development practitioners who are seeking practical guidance for engendering the MDGs. It argues that the foundations for such an approach have already been laid in the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Beijing Plan for Action, which complement and reinforce the MDG framework.
Overall, the publication assists countries by suggesting a process for developing a gender-responsive rights-based national MDG reporting framework, and provides a sourcebook outlining issues, possible strategies, and long-term and intermediate targets and indicators.