MDG 3: Promote Gender Equity

The Goal: Promote Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women

What Do We Want To Achieve?

  • To eliminate gender inequality in education at all levels

What Have We Already Achieved?

  • We have achieved parity in access to primary education for boys and girls
  • In 2012, women occupied 19.7% of the seats in single or lower houses of national parliaments
  • 117 countries have passed laws regarding wage equality

What Challenges Remain?

  • Only 9 of the 151 heads of state and 11 of the 192 heads of government are women
  • Women represent two-thirds of the illiterate population in the world
  • More than half of the women who work have unstable or vulnerable work conditions