Brief 11: Gender and the Sustainable Development Goals: Moving Beyond Women as a Quick Fix for Development.
Denney, J. M.
Gender and the Sustainable Development Goals
University of Massachusetts Boston
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Denney, J. M. (2015). Brief 11: Gender and the Sustainable Development Goals: Moving Beyond Women as a Quick Fix for Development, Governance and Sustainability Issue Brief Series, Center for Governance and Sustainability, University of Massachusetts Boston.
This briefing note examines the Millennium Development Goal 3 ‘Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women’ and its successor in the Sustainable Development Goal adopted in 2015, Goal 5 ‘Achieve Gender Equality and Empower All Women and Girls’. It argues that although SDG 5 has seen great progression compared to MDG 3, gender equality is still presented as a ‘quick fix’ for economic development rather than being promoted in and for itself. The author further recommends adopting a more inclusive terminology to address all forms of gender-based violence as well as the more systematic use of gender-disaggregated data for policy responses.