Gender equality and development


  • Priorities for financing gender equality in the SDGs

    Governments from all regions of the world have placed a high priority on achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls as a central ambition of the post 2015 sustainable development agenda. Ambitious financing will be needed to turn political aspirations into a reality.

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  • Financing UN Security Council Resolution 1325

    Greater political attention at the international level has contributed to a rise in aid in support of gender equality in fragile states and economies. However, financial resources fall short of political commitments and the translation of women, peace and security commitments into progress on the ground remains a challenge.

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  • The post-2015 framework

    Addressing the unfinished business of the MDGs for women and girls will require a strong post-2015 framework that places a high priority on achieving gender equality and women’s rights.

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The DAC Network on Gender Equality (GENDERNET) is the only international forum where experts from development co-operation agencies meet to define common approaches in support of gender equality and women's rights.

Development effectiveness and gender equality

We develop strategies for effective and result-driven aid dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment. Techniques for gender-responsive public financial management can both strengthen gender equality and enhance economic growth. Our series of briefs delve into the what, why, where and how of making the most of aid to strengthen gender equality.

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Women’s economic empowerment

Women's economic empowerment is a prerequisite for sustainable development and for achieving the Millennium Development Goals. It is also a fundamental  right. There is no quick fix: women’s economic empowerment will require sound public policies,  holistic approaches and long-term commitments from all development actors, including increased investment.

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Financing gender equality

In 2012-2013, DAC members committed USD 26 billion on average per year to gender equality and women's rights. This represents 30% of total bilateral aid allocated by sector. See our latest analyses on aid in support of gender equality and women's rights.



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