As SDGs loom, where do we stand now on gender equality?

September 23, 2015

With the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set to expire at the end of the year, Laurence Levaque looks at the progress that has been made in the past decade and a half under MDG 3: ‘promote gender equality and empower women’.

The 2015 MDG Progress Report revealed the following:

  • Women now account for 41% of global non-agricultural paid employees, compared to 35% in 1990
  • The proportion of women in vulnerable employment across the world has declined from 59% in 1990 to 46%
  • 90% of countries around the world have more female parliamentarians than in 2000

While it is clear that progress has been made, we must do more for women in the post-2015 agenda to ensure the gaps that remain are addressed quicker.

Read the full article on the Asian Development Bank blog.

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