Issue Brief 11: Gender and the Sustainable Development Goals
July 15, 2015  //  By:   //  Blog Post, Brief  //  No Comment

Issue Brief 11The Center for Governance and Sustainability is proud to announce the release of its 11th issue of the Governance and Sustainability Issue Brief Series. Issue Brief 11, titled Gender and the Sustainable Development Goals: Moving Beyond Women as a “Quick Fix” for Development, was authored by J. Michael Denney, a Research Associate at the Center for Governance and Sustainability and PhD candidate in the Global Governance and Human Security program at UMass Boston. Michael is also a National Science Foundation IGERT Fellow in the Coasts and Communities program and is a member of the research team for the Global Resilience Partnership Challenge.

This brief concerns the proposed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5, Achieve Gender Equality and Empower All Women and Girls, and the corresponding Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 3, Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women. All information about SDG 5 comes from the Open Working Group Proposal for Sustainable Development Goals.

In the first part, the author presents an analytical framework for evaluating whether the goals for female empowerment and gender equality attain the desired result. Next, the framework is applied to the targets for the proposed SDG 5. Finally, the author argues that the international community should embrace goals, targets, and indicators that advance gender equality for the sake of equality itself, rather than as a quick fix for economic underdevelopment.

To read the brief, click here.

About the Author :

Jacey Taft graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston in August 2014. She is currently working as a research assistant for the Center for Governance and Sustainability.

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