Date Added: Sep 2010
Gender Equality (GE) is a critical component of social progress. It is a basic right that does not need economic justification. This is reflected in the explicit inclusion of gender-related development objectives in the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Yet gender equality also has broad and positive implications for economic and social development. MDG 3, which specifically aims to promote gender equality and to empower women, will not be achieved at current rates of progress. Also, according to the United Nations, achieving MDG 5 for a significant reduction in maternal mortality in developing countries remains elusive.