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UN Women and South African Politics

December 3, 2012 in South Africa

UN Women

Millennium Development Goals

UN Women is one of a number of United Nations agencies charged with supporting countries in moving forward on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The eight goals, adopted by the international community in 2000, set targets for 2015 on eradicating poverty, achieving universal primary education, promoting gender equality and empowering women, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, combating HIV and AIDS and other diseases, ensuring environmental sustainability, and providing financing for development.

Actions for Gender Equality to Achieve the MDGs

MDG 1 - Eradicate Extreme Poverty and HungerMDG 2 - Achieve Universal Primary EducationMDG 3 - Promote Gender Equality and Empower WomenMDG 4 - Reduce Child Mortality
MDG 5 - Improve Maternal HealthMDG 6 - Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Other DiseasesMDG 7 - Ensure Environmental SustainabilityMDG 8 - A Global Partnership for Development
CEDAW is particularly important to South African women since South Africa did not only sign this convention, but also ratified it.
All other conventions, agreements and negotiations should take these women rights and development based ratifications into consideration.
UNDRIP must answer to CEDAW and the other UN agreements and programs for women and this is something that we should test.
In particular the men that drive the unification for a coloured nation / political party / movement. consolidated vote / land should spell out their position on these things.
Social movements, politics and power are ultimately about service delivery and an enhanced quality of life.
What services will be delivered to women?
How will the lives of women be enhanced?
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