The Importance of Women's Reproductive Rights in Achieving MDGs
April 8, 2011
Despite overall progress on the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the targets to promote gender equality (Goal 3), reduce maternal mortality (Goal 5), and fight HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases (Goal 6) "significantly lag behind other goals, with women in Africa bearing the burden of this failure," write the authors of a PLoS Medicine Policy Forum. The piece describes how women's reproductive rights contribute to these challenges and how the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (the African Women's Protocol) offers a framework to overcome such barriers. "Through the ratification, domestication, and transparent reporting on the African Women's Protocol, a framework can be implemented in Africa that creates contexts that support women's reproductive rights. In so doing, a significant step can be made towards rolling back HIV and maternal mortality and thereby supporting the attainment of MDGs 3, 5, and 6," they write (Gerntholtz et al., 4/5).
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