Millenium Development Goals
MDGs: The promise to end poverty
MDG 3: Gender equality
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MDG 3: Gender equality

The Goal: Gender equity

Targets to be met by 2015: 

  • Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education, preferably by 2005 and in all levels of education 2015.
  • Increase political participation and number of women in decision-making.
What has been achieved?
The key target for this goal was to eliminate gender disparaties in primary and secondary education. Although those gaps have narrowed, the gap remains high at university level in some developing countries because of poverty.

Employment for women has improved but women still mainly work in low-paid jobs or get paid less than their male co-workers. And although there have been some improvements in access to political participation there is still a long way to go. 

Photo: Marcia Sarmento is one of fifteen public defenders in Timor-Leste; three are women. Public defenders fulfill a vital role in the Timorese judicial system, offering legal representation to those who cannot afford it. UN Photo/Martine Perret

Shila Meyer Behjat
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