Responding today (30 May) to the publication of the report of the High Level Panel advising the UN on the post-2015 development framework, co-chaired by UK Prime Minister David Cameron, VSO Chief Executive Marg Mayne said:
"VSO has campaigned for women's empowerment to be at the heart of future efforts to fight poverty. We're hugely encouraged that David Cameron and his co-chairs have proposed a standalone goal on gender and a target to eliminate discrimination against women in political, social and economic life. It's now up to governments to make this a reality for women, building on the recommendations and ensuring they are not watered down. VSO will continue to press the UK delegation to follow through on this promising start during the intergovernmental negotiations later this year."
For more information on VSO's campaign see www.vso.org.uk/womeninpower
VSO is different from most organisations that fight poverty. We bring people together to share skills and knowledge, creating lasting change. VSO volunteers work in whatever fields are necessary to address the forces that keep people in poverty – from education and health through helping people learn the skills they need to make a living. In doing so they invest in local people, so the impact they have endures long after their placement ends.
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Steve Ballinger, VSO UK Media Manager, tel. +44(0)7500 918 478