6 Promote gender equality and empower women

Where are we?

Women are assuming more power in the world’s parliaments, boosted by quota systems.

Proportion of seats held by women in single or lower houses of national parliaments, 2000 and 2013 (Percentage). (source: The Millennium Development Goals Report 2013)

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  • Gender parity is closest to being achieved at the primary level; however, only 2 out of 130 countries have achieved that target at all levels of education.
  • Globally, 40 out of 100 wage-earning jobs in the non-agricultural sector are held by women.
  • As of 31 January 2013, the average share of women members in parliaments worldwide was just over 20 per cent.

Source: The Millennium Development Goals Report 2013)

Targets for MDG3
  1. 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
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