6 Promote gender equality and empower women
Where we are
The gender parity index indicates that the Caribbean has achieved this Goal. The more pressing issue, however, is the continued need to raise boys’ participation in secondary and tertiary education from current low levels. Effective, targeted measures must be taken immediately if there is to be any chance of making significant gains by 2015.
Special efforts will have to be made to achieve parity for women in non-agricultural wage employment in Belize, Dominica and Guyana. The gender gap data indicate that the differences in average wages between the two sexes are less for the other Caribbean countries.
Since there is, at most, just one general election period remaining in any of the countries before 2015, it is evident that the target for proportion of national assembly seats held by women (parity or near parity) will not be met across the subregion.
Source: Caribbean Millennium Development Goals Report 2010
The 8 Millennium Development Goals
- 1 Eradicate extreme hunger and poverty
- 2 Achieve universal primary education
- 3 Promote gender equality and empower women
- 4 Reduce child mortality
- 5 Improve maternal health
- 6 Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
- 7 Ensure environmental sustainability
- 8 Develop a global partnership for development
Targets for MDG3
- Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education preferably by 2005, and at all levels by 2015
- Ratios of girls to boys in primary, secondary and tertiary education
- Share of women in wage employment in the non-agricultural sector
- Proportion of seats held by women in national parliament