Women's Empowerment in the Post-2015 Agenda

By Katie Bacharach

As the 68th UN General Assembly convened on Tuesday, the UN News Centre reported that the body's new president, John W. Ashe, announced that he would ask delegations to focus on setting the stage for the post-2015 development agenda. Mr. Ashe said he would convene three high-level events, focused on women, youth, and civil society; human rights as rule of law; and South-South cooperation, triangular cooperation, and information communication technology for development. 

Reuters has an interesting article explaining why women's empowerment should remain a priority in the post-2015 development agenda. Because women account for about 70 percent of the world's extremely poor, targeting them could have the greatest impact on reducing global poverty. In addition, empowering women has broad ripple effects on general development progress, including improving family health, increasing the likelihood of child immunization, and reducing maternal mortality.