MDG Gender Goals Unmet In Much Of Pacific

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Equality, women’s empowerment are ‘unfinished business’

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, March 12, 2014) – The Kiribati Minister for Women, Youth and Social Affairs says of the 14 Pacific Island Forum countries, only the Cook Islands, Niue and Palau are on track to achieving gender equality.

Tangariki Reete was speaking at a United Nations commission in New York, set up to discuss the Millennium Development Goals for women and children.

Ms Reete says progress towards equality has been slow and uneven across the region, due to socio-cultural factors, violence and lack of political will.

She says with the MDGs expiring next year achieving equality and empowering women remains unfinished business.

Ms Reete says violence against women, women with disabilities and discrimination in legal rights were not explicitly covered in the MDGs, which has hindered progress.

She says these factors must be taken into account when the post-2015 development framework is put into place.

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