In 2000, the United Nations established eight international development goals, called the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs were a diverse set of objectives—from eradicating extreme poverty to improving maternal health—that the U.N. wanted to reach by 2015. As this deadline approaches, the international community is looking ahead to define what’s come to be known as the Post-2015 Development Agenda, or “post-2015.”
IWHC and our partners are working with government leaders and U.N. agencies to ensure that women and girls have a principal spot in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. We know that sexual and reproductive health, gender equality, and women’s empowerment are essential for sustainable development. Efforts to eradicate poverty and achieve economic prosperity cannot succeed when women and adolescents, especially girls, are denied full rights and participation in society.
In a provocative statement, Pope Francis said Catholics should not think they have to breed “like rabbits.”
Every January, we like to take stock of the gains we’ve made to safeguard the health and rights of women and girls around the world. Last year was a difficult. But we also saw reasons for optimism.
The resolution’s adoption highlights the urgency for explicitly addressing child marriage in our next development framework.
The 20th anniversary of the Beijing World Conference on Women provides an opportunity for governments to take a close look at the status of women in their countries.