The Women and Girls’ Millennium Campaign Petition
Throughout 2010, The Women and Girls Millennium Campaign will mobilize support for greater investment in the reproductive health and rights of women and girls as the key to achieving the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Adopted by world leaders in 2000, the MDGs provide a framework for dramatically reducing poverty through international cooperation by 2015.
While important progress has been made, the world is significantly off track to fulfill its promises to the poor, most notably women. Today, more than 200 million women and adolescent girls in the developing world wish to delay or space childbearing, but are unable to access contraceptives. At the same time, deaths due to pregnancy and childbirth remain unacceptably high, with more than 500,000 women and adolescent girls dying needlessly each year. As part of MDG Five, the world has pledged to reduce maternal mortality by 75 percent by 2015. However, at the current rate of progress, it will take nearly 200 years to achieve this goal.
Investment in the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls is essential to accelerating progress on not only MDG Five, but each of the MDGs. Delaying marriage and childbearing, averting unintended pregnancies, and preventing HIV and other sexually transmitted infections contributes to improved health and education outcomes for women and their children, the growth of individuals as productive and healthy citizens and increased prospects for social and economic progress, the promotion of gender equality, and overall reductions in poverty.
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Millenium Development Goals
1) Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
2) Achieve universal primary education
3) Promote gender equality and empower women
4) Reduce child mortality
5) Improve maternal health
6) Combat HIV and AIDS, malaria, and other diseases
7) Ensure environmental sustainability
8) Develop a global partnership for development