2014 World Survey on the Role of Women in Development

Gender Equality and Sustainable Development

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Ensuring women’s economic empowerment and access to and control over resources requires an integrated approach to growth and development, focused on gender-responsive employment promotion and informed by the interdependency between economic and social development. Social objectives need to be incorporated into economic policies. Economic growth strategies should give attention to the real economy and focus on creating a gender-sensitive macroeconomic environment, full employment and decent work, access to land, property and other productive resources as well as financial services, and full coverage of social protection measures. The Survey outlines a number of concrete recommendations in these critical areas, which if adopted, will facilitate women’s equitable access to and control over economic and financial resources.



Conclusions and policy recommendations

The present World Survey has examined the important links between gender equality and sustainability. The World Survey is published at a crucial moment, at a time when the international community has recognized that dominant patterns of development and growth are unsustainable in economic, social and environmental terms and is defining the future sustainable development agenda. The Open Working Group of the General Assembly on Sustainable Development Goals, the establishment of which was mandated in the outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, has since worked on a proposal for future sustainable development goals. The vital importance of gender equality and the empowerment of women as a core part of the post-2015 development agenda has been a strong and recurring theme in the discussions of the Open Working Group.


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