The lottery of birth
The lottery of birth

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The lottery of birth

3.1.1 MDGs – how did we do?

The Millennium Development Goals came about through international agreement to tackle both the widening gap between rich and poor and the disjointed nature of development work worldwide.

This led to some of the world’s leaders and the international development community to identify eight goals to achieve over 15 years (2000–2015). All eight of the MDGs contributed to improving the life chances of people worldwide. It is something to be celebrated that huge progress has been made towards achieving these goals as you’ve seen in the video.

Three MDGs in particular targeted gender inequality and women’s health. They are:

Goal 3 – Promoting gender equality and empowering women

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Gender equality and the empowerment of girls and women lies at the heart of the lottery of birth.

Goal 4 – Reducing child mortality

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As we saw last week, infant and child mortality is falling right around the world.

Goal 5 – Improving maternal health

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There is still a long way to go to stop women dying in childbirth but it has been almost halved which is a big achievement. However, it seems likely that even greater commitment and resourcefulness will now be needed if those hardest to reach, the poorest and most powerless women, are not to be left behind.

Next, find out about one of the projects that has successfully contributed to the MDGs.


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