In the run-up to the European Development Days 2013 and the High Level Panel on Gender, the EU is seeking your views on the question below:
How can the post-2015 framework ensure progress towards gender equality? Do we have to choose between standalone goals and mainstreaming?
You are invited to provide your contribution by Friday, 22nd November, to the email address: GenderPanel@eeas.europa.eu
On 26th November 16h00 Brussels time, the debate will be web streamed and anybody will be able to comment, react, and vote live by SMS, Twitter and email. A user’s guide will be displayed on the dedicated screen, and the moderator on stage will be able to pick some of the questions making the debate very interactive.
Based on the main global challenges and opportunities, on the experience of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), as well as some of the key steps towards sustainable development as agreed in Rio+20, in particular the elaboration of Sustainable Development Goals, the international community will have to concentrate efforts on key actions to be undertaken for an overarching future framework for post-2015 on women's empowerment and gender equality.
We need to finish the unfinished business of the current MDGs, filling gaps, learning lessons, and sharing existing best practices. For example, we need to address outstanding issues impeding progress for women and girls: violence against women, lack of women’s political participation and economic empowerment, as well as broader issues such as limited access to education.
This session will look at how the post-2015 architecture/framework can ensure effective progress towards gender equality. The focus area will be on moving from purely quantitative goals to addressing quality and effective implementation through the elaboration of measurable targets and indicators, in particular for empowering women and girls.