Sixth meeting of the IAEG-SDGs, 11-14 November, Update 7

Gender equality in the context of SDG implementation and reporting at national, regional, global and thematic levels – Women’s Major Group:

Marianne Haslegrave made a presentation on behalf of the Women’s Major Group during which she stressed that the WMG “must be the voice that is heard on issues related to gender equality and women’s empowerment in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”

While disaggregation of data is a small, albeit important part of its concerns in relation to the global indicator framework, the WMG’s endpoint is structural change. Further disaggregation is, moreover, required to identify and reach marginalised women, including:

  • indigenous women, including indigenous black women of African slave descent and Afro-descendants
  • aged and senior women, (taking on board the UNPD-DESA comments just now)
  • widows and wives of the disappeared
  • women in conflict and security fragile areas 
  • women and girls in child, early and forced marriages, victims of female genital mutilation and other harmful traditional practices
  • women and girls with disabilities

Insofar as these women are often invisible, they are the ones who are in danger of being left behind. Household surveys should also randomly select those in families who respond to ensure that the concerns of the most marginalized are captured.

For full presentation see: WMG presentation as delivered

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