Violence against women and MDGs

Studies show that one in every five women is or has experienced some form of violence with some cases leading to injuries or even death which makes it a major threat to overall development of any country.

During Millennium Declaration of September 2000, United Nations general assembly resolved “to combat all forms of violence against women and to implement the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women” through the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The following is MDGs would act as a framework for measuring the progress of addressing violence against women.

 MDG 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

Provides an opportunity to ally violence against women with poverty reduction efforts aimed at protecting the poorest and most vulnerable women.

MDG 2: Achieve universal primary education

Can be used to highlight how the drive towards universal primary education can be hindered by gender-based factors – including violence and lack of security – that prevent girls and young women from entering and completing school. Conversely, better education for girls and boys may contribute to the reduction of violence against women.

MDG 3: Promote gender equality and empower women

Provides a solid basis for promoting equality and women’s empowerment as a sustainable development strategy, which at the same time is a key strategy for reducing and eliminating violence against women.

MDG 4: Reduce child mortality and MDG 5: Improve maternal health

Provide opportunities to raise the profile of violence against women as a serious obstacle to improving maternal and child health, and as a threat to the health and well-being of all women.

MDG 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases

Establishes the value of anti-violence efforts in HIV prevention, highlighting the evidence that violence against women undermines HIV prevention and care efforts, and conversely that preventing this violence contributes to the prevention of HIV.

MDG 7: Ensure environmental sustainability

Opens useful avenues for designing interventions which, in addition to preserving the environment, can empower and protect women in both rural and urban settings.

 MDG 8: Develop a global partnership for development

Supports arguments for the participation of women and their representative organizations in policy and programme design, thereby allowing such efforts to include issues important to women, such a violence.

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