Involve more women

The National,Friday June 10th, 2016

DESPITE the successes of the millennium development goals, gender inequality persists, says Archbishop John Ribat.
Ribat, the chairman of the Papua New Guinea Christian Leaders Alliance on HIV and AIDS, said PNG and the world still had a long way to go in achieving equal gender representation in private and public decision making.
He said while much progress had been made towards women and girls equality in education, employment and political representation over the last two decades, many gaps remained particularly in areas not addressed in the millennium development goals.
He suggested that to achieve universal realisation of gender equality and empowerment of women, it was critical to address gender inequality, including gender-based discrimination in law and in practice, violence against women and girls, unequal opportunities in the labour market, unequal division of unpaid care and domestic work, women’s limited control over assets and property, and women’s unequal participation in private and public decision-making.
He said the post-2015 development agenda, including the 17 sustainable development goals strove to reflect on lessons learnt.
“The 17 sustainable development goals and their 169 targets are part of the 2030 sgenda for sustainable development, which will guide policy and funding for the next 15 years,” Archbishop Ribat said.
“The 2030 agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity, strengthening peace and requiring partnership for implementation.”