Monday, 31 October 2011FAWE Executive Director Ms Oley Dibba-Wadda urged Commonwealth leaders to strategise on ways to ensure greater gender equality in their efforts to meet the objectives of development frameworks such as the Beijing Platform for Action, the Commonwealth Plan of Action and the Millennium Development Goals.
Speaking at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in Perth, Australia, from 28 to 30 October 2011, Ms Dibba-Wadda called on leaders to prioritise quality education and gender equality in their implementation of international development agreements.
She stressed the need for governments to strengthen the generation and use of sex-disaggregated data in policy development, allocate more human and financial resources to gender equality and women’s empowerment, and work more closely with civil society organisations and regional economic groupings in order to accelerate progress towards development goals and reduce the implementation gap between policy and practice. She reiterated that quality education and training for girls and women were key to ensuring economic empowerment and growth in Commonwealth member states.
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