Global Call to Action: It's Time for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment

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A new, global campaign has started a call for gender equality and women's empowerment. So far 59 torch initiatives in North America, Africa, Asia and Europe have within three months been initiated to do something extra.

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The action has just begun… Day by day more initiatives from companies like Cisco, from government, from business and grassroot organisations, from individuals and many more register on the website.

On the 7th of March 2008 the Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, Ms Ulla Tørnæs, launched the MDG3 Global Call to Action to put gender equality and women’s empowerment higher on the international agenda.

The campaign is working with governmental and gender based organisations, but a special focus on business community and trade union movements in many countries have helped establish contacts to a wide range of new target groups.

The campaign has so far gained support from a number of governments in Europe and Africa and the active participation of international organizations like The World Bank, UNICED and UNDP.

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The focus has been on the economic empowerment of women. It is not only crucial to the achievement of gender equality, but it is also crucial to achieve pro-poor economic growth and the eradication of poverty in developing countries:
·    Children of African mothers that have spent five years in primary education are 40% more likely to live beyond the age of five
·    If the ration of female to male workers in India were increased by 10% GDP would go up by 8%.

Campaign targets
Half way to 2015 we are far from achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). If we don’ t get on track, we will fail on gender equality, women’s empowerment (MDG3) and the other goals.

The campaign is developed to highlight the global wave of resolve on the third millennium development goal (MDG3), towards the UN High Level MDG meeting, 25th September 2008.

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