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Gender Equality, Empowerment Of Women, Girls Remains Critical To Post-2015 Agenda

In the U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote” blog, Catherine Russell, ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues, reports from the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and discusses challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for women and girls. Russell writes, “After lengthy negotiations the member states of the CSW reached consensus on the Commission’s principal outcome document, known as the ‘Agreed Conclusions.’ This document notes that the MDGs have made some good progress — including on primary education enrollment, decreasing child deaths and maternal mortality, and slowly increasing women’s representation in government. Disappointingly, the Commission failed to agree to language recognizing the unique challenges faced by members of certain groups, including LGBT women and girls. … The United States will continue to work through multilateral bodies, such as the CSW, and collaboratively with other governments, civil society organizations, and the private sector to make certain gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls is at the forefront of the new Post-2015 Development Agenda. The Agreed Conclusions and the CSW were a critical step to making this a reality” (4/4).