September 25, 2015

“New Development Agenda is a Victory for Women and Girls,” say Advocates

UNITED NATIONS—Today, 193 UN Member States adopted the most comprehensive agenda ever on global sustainable development to be carried out over the next 15 years. Women’s rights activists applauded this new “2030 Agenda” for having the promise of being truly transformative for women and girls around the world.

At the center of the 2030 Agenda are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a framework of 17 goals and 169 targets aimed at eradicating poverty by 2030.

Francoise Girard, President of the International Women’s Health Coalition, issued the following statement:

“Finally, women and girls have a global agenda that considers their rights and matches their needs. From that perspective, the Sustainable Development Goals do away with the ‘business as usual’ of development: they recognize that women and girls are central to sustainable development, and that women and girls need social, economic and environmental justice—all of it, not just one or two elements of it. It won’t do girls and women any good to complete secondary education, if they then die in childbirth or of mercury poisoning, or if the only jobs they can hold are exploitative and abusive. It won’t do them any good to avoid child marriage, only to be maimed by a bomb or to drown in the Aegean sea. We embrace and welcome the comprehensive framework of the Goals, which we see as a strength and a necessity.”

“Women’s groups were deeply involved in shaping the 2030 Agenda every step of the way, because we know how urgent it is that we transform our world. Today, we embark on a journey to put action behind this promise and to ensure our governments fulfill these profound commitments. In the end, it will be up to each and every one of us to make the 2030 Agenda a reality.”

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