Developing Countries: Gender

Department for International Development written question – answered on 28th October 2015.

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Photo of Thangam Debbonaire Thangam Debbonaire Labour, Bristol West

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking at UN summits to ensure strong commitments are made to eradicating gender inequality.

Photo of Justine Greening Justine Greening The Secretary of State for International Development

Promoting the rights of girls and women is a top priority for my Department, including at UN Summits. The UK was a leading voice in international negotiations on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for a strong stand-alone goal on gender equality and empowerment of women and girls, as well as gender-sensitive targets throughout the SDG framework.

My Department and I will continue to make every effort to push for gender equality at other global events, such as the African Union Girl Summit in November 2015 and the Commission on the Status of Women in March 2016.

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