Global Resources

Gender inequality and fragility in the post-MDG framework

Publisher: Cordaid
Publication Date: Jan 2014
Despite the progress that has been made in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), fragility and gender inequality risk undermining development in many countries and reversing the gains that have been made over the past decades. For fragile or conflict-affected states (FCAS), the realisation of the achieving any of the MDGs is remote, yet more than 1.5 billion people live in such countries representing a significant proportion of the global population. This briefing paper focuses on how the implementation of the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States and UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (UNSCR 1325) could be used strategically to contribute to the shaping of the post-2015 agenda.

To date, gender issues have not received adequate attention in the discussions or written outputs that have emerged from the New Deal process, but the post-2015 debate now offers an excellent opportunity for the work of the g7+ and its partners to address this shortcoming.

The paper identifies some strategic entry points linked to the New Deal and UNSCR 1325 that could be seized on by policymakers to ensure that opportunities to integrate gender inequality and fragility into the post-2015 framework are maximised. These include Statebuilding Goals and UNSCR 1325 indicators for measuring progress on gender equality and peace and security and ensuring inclusive spaces for dialogue and monitoring of international commitments

The paper concludes with some policy recommendations:
  • Take a strategic approach to incorporating gender inequality and fragility in the post-MDG framework, and ensure that any submissions or recommendations made to the High-Level Panel or other bodies are coordinated and reinforce the New Deal and UNSCR 1325
  • All future goals, targets and indicators that are developed as part of the post-MDG framework should apply a gender and conflict-sensitive approach and should build on the indicators for UNSCR 1325 and the Peacebuilding and Statebuilding Goals
  • The post-2015 framework should include measures to build and develop capacity for data collection and analysis on gender-related issues, particularly in fragile and conflict-affected contexts
  • Any country-level peacebuilding compacts agreed as part of the New Deal should incorporate key commitments and initiatives from UNSCR National Action Plans, where they exist.