Beliefs that ‘undermine women’s rights’ – new global goals needed

The laws, traditional beliefs and practices that undermine women’s rights must be tackled in the next set of development goals; this should be done through the inclusion of indicators that measure whether attitudes are changing and women are becoming more empowered, a meeting at the UN was told last week.  At a side event during the Commission on the Status of Women conference in New York, the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) outlined a set of six targets and indicators against which a greater understanding of the root causes of women’s disempowerment could be achieved.



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