“Gender” has become a buzzword in international development, public health policies and human rights debates worldwide. In discussions in the UN, the global media, among bilateral donors and NGOs worldwide, achieving gender equality has become a defined global goal. Between the Millennium Development Goals and the recent UN General Assembly to create a new supra-agency for women’s rights and gender, there is unprecedented attention given to gender inequality and an opportunity to make gender equality a concrete, actionable set of policy goals and accomplishments – and to effectively improve the lives of women, girls, boys and men.
We have today a tremendous body of research and information on the realities of the world’s women, particularly those in the world’s poorest countries. Worldwide women are responsible for nearly three quarters of contraceptive use. Nearly 600,000 women die every year in maternal-related deaths –nearly all of them preventable. Globally, women earn only about 80% of what men make, yet women work even more hours, particularly when we take into account their work in and out of the home.
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Authors: Orly Stern, Dean Peacock and Helen Alexander
Institutional Sponsors: Sonke Gender Justice and MenEngage