Analyzing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from a Women's Rights Perspective
17 Pages Posted: 7 Jul 2019
Date Written: July 3, 2019
The United Nations General Assembly rolled out a new framework for international development called the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable development to take over form the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The new agreed framework for sustainable development presents a broader scope than its predecessor (MDGs) having incorporated various issues and lessons learnt in the implementation of the MDGs. Succinctly, Agenda 2030 deliberately features environmental and economic sustainability with a particular aspiration for peaceful and inclusive societies in all the member states. Most importantly, is a call for action to all countries as opposed to focusing only on the developing countries making it a more ambitious particularly in eradicating poverty, combatting climate change, ending violence against women while also creating a peaceful, equitable, resilient as well as safe societies. Above all, Agenda 2030 presents a well thought through and stand-alone goal five on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls and further strengthens the goal five’s aspirations by including other gender-related targets in other goals. Finally, Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development is in cognizance of the fact that there is limited sex disaggregated data across various themes of development and in its response consistently and emphatically call for sex data disaggregation across nearly all SDGs targets.
Based on this backdrop, this paper seeks to analyze how the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development integrates women’s rights issues in its goals and targets.
Keywords: SDGs, sustainable development goals; women's rights, women; agenda 2030; jack onyisi abebe; michael faraday; targets and indicators
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