With less than five years to the 2015 deadline set to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), progress on the Goals has been uneven. We have seen great strides made in some areas, while in others, there is still much work to be done.
To ensure the world realises its potential to make poverty history, significant progress must be made to ensure that the needs of women are given greater priority. Women disproportionately suffer from hunger, disease, environmental degradation and impoverishment. As a result, poverty remains stubbornly “feminised”, with women accounting for a vast percentage of the world’s absolute poor.
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, it is important to highlight the interconnectedness of women’s issues to all of the MDGs.
In preparation for International Women’s Day on March 8th, – a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future, the UN Millennium Campaign is launching a competition to find women around the world who have made the MDGs real in their lives and by doing so, have inspired positive change in their towns, cities and local communities.