Public lecture: Tracking the gender politics of the Millennium Development Goals: from the Millennium Declaration to the post-2015 consultations

Naila-Kabeer-Tracking-gender-politics1-1Gendering the Social Sciences: a Gender Institute public lecture

Date: Wednesday 2 October 2013
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Naila Kabeer
Chair: Professor Diane Perrons

The Millennium Declaration, signed by over 180 world leaders at the start of the new millennium, committed the international community to targeted achievements on a number of goals by 2015. Along with poverty reduction and human development, these goals included gender equality and women’s empowerment. Now, as we draw closer to 2015, there have been worldwide consultations on what will replace the MDG agenda. This lecture will focus on the gender politics of this process: the gender text, and sub-text, of the goals themselves, the extent to which gender advocates and activists were involved in the formulation of the goals, how the goals relate to previous gender-related commitments of the international community, including the Beijing Platform for Action and the Vienna Declaration on human rights and what has been achieved so far. It will conclude by examining how feminist organisations are seeking to influence the post-MDG agenda.

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