ABANTU/CHRISTIAN AID PARTNER IN PURSUIT OF THE GENDER AGENDA UNDER SDGs

Policy makers and relevant stakeholders, yesterday, met to discuss how government intends to domesticate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Women’s Rights Organizations could contribute appropriately to the localization process.

 


The consultative forum, which was organized on the theme: “Localizing the Post-2015 Development Agenda from a Gender Perspective”, aimed to ensure that the intended processes for localization of the new global development agenda will be inclusive of gender perspectives at all levels of society in Ghana.

Deliberations at the forum are expected to lead to increasing the knowledge of Ghanaian CSOs and the media on the localization of the SDGs and, as such, increase advocacy towards mainstreaming gender in the localized SDGs.

It was organized by ABANTU for Development, a women's rights organization, in partnership with Christian Aid, a Christian organisation that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty.

Present at the meeting were representatives from the Ministry of Finance (MoF), National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

In a presentation titled: “An Overview of MDGs and Post-2015 Processes; Challenges and Lessons for Gender Equality”, Ms Kris Dadzie, a gender activist, noted that even though the MDGs succeeded in registering the fastest reduction in poverty levels in human history, with child mortality rates falling by more than 30 per cent,   the MDGs failed to focus on sustainable patterns of consumption and production while development failed to link up gender issues.

Ms Dadzie, therefore, urged CSOs to maximize efforts in improving upon their strategies in the cause of gender equality.

The Chairperson for the occasion, Ms Christiane Asare of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), noted that gender equality was an important aspect of the SDGs and stressed the need for partnership among all stakeholders to ensure that women and girls earned their proper places in society.

The meeting comes on the heels of an 18-month project launched in January 2014 by ABANTU, with support from Christian Aid, which aimed at contributing to and influencing the on-going Post-2015 negotiations around gender issues on the theme “Building Momentum for the Gender Agenda in Post-2015”

One of the main outcomes of the Rio+20 Conference was the agreement by member States to launch a process to develop a set of  goals— SDGs— a development framework which will build upon the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)and converge with the post-2015 development agenda.

So far, ABANTU has worked with different women’s organizations and CSOs to enhance their understanding of the Post-2015 development framework and supported global advocacy for a sustainable goal on gender equality.

Following ABANTU’s participation in the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58) in New York, ABANTU has shared the outcomes and also contributed to pushing for the inclusion of gender as an issue for uptake in the Pan-African Conference of April 28-April 30, 2014 on Inequality organized by the Government of Ghana, with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

The new global development framework (SDGs), which is yet to come into effect, has 17 goals and 169 targets.

Source: ISD (G.D. Zaney)

Created: 11 September 2015
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