Box 2. Actions that will make a dierence
To address the “unnished business” o gender equality andwomen’s empowerment, it is essential to
put women and girlsront and centre
o the post-2015 ramework by:
stand-alone gender equality and women’sempowerment goal and addressing gender equalitythroughout the post-2015 development agenda.
This“twin-track” approach has wide-ranging support romgovernments, the United Nations and civil society (HLP,2013; UN Women, 2013; GADN, 2013).
Conronting and transorming the social norms andinstitutions
that discriminate against women and girls,such as the acceptability o domestic violence.
Gathering and using
high quality data
to monitor progressand
about what works.
Tracking governments’ expenditure
and the proportion oall development co-operation ocused on achieving genderequality and women’s empowerment.
Cultural barriers need to be challenged, as well as the stereotyping o women’s roles in society,business and the public sector.
Women entrepreneurs remain a minority in all countries. Enterprises owned by women aresignicantly smaller and less well represented in capital-intensive sectors.
In developing economies, women are much more likely to own small enterprises in the inormalsector than the ormal one. Ensuring equal access to nance or male and emale entrepreneursis a priority.
In most countries, women are still under-represented in parliaments, judicial systems, executivebranch o governments, and senior civil service – even in countries where they account or themajority o public sector workers.
A stand-alone goal on gender equality and women’s rights
Eminent persons recognised the need to keep gender equality as a stand-alone goal in the UNSecretary General’s High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (HLP, 2013). They alsoproposed national targets on eliminating violence against women and girls; ending early marriage;ensuring access, ownership andinheritance o assets; and eliminatingdiscrimination against women inpolitical, economic and public lie. A strong, stand-alone goal is neededto tackle the gender inequalities thatremain widespread and persistentacross the world and whichleave women disproportionatelyrepresented amongst the poorestand most marginalised people. A stand-alone gender equality goal isalso strategically important in orderto remove barriers to progress inthe other goals. This paper does notattempt to identiy specic targetsand indicators, but recommendsthat a stand-alone gender equalitygoal should have a limited numbero targets, without which genderequality and women’s empowermentcannot be achieved. The proposedtargets or ending early marriage and stopping violence against women and girls are good examples(see the section on measurement and data below).