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By on October 15, 2012

Global online discussion on gender equality begins its second week

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Today begins the second week of a global conversation on gender equality and gender-based violence co-convened by UN Women and UNICEF. This discussion is part of a series of e-discussions taking place within the Global Thematic Consultation on Addressing Inequalities in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, supported by the Government of Denmark. This discussion will run through 24 October 2012.

This online discussion is intended to be, “an open and inclusive conversation for representatives of civil society, academia, governments and the UN to discuss what the Post-2015 development agenda should look like.”

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These are the questions intended to frame the discussion this week, copied here from the discussion’s website:

  1. Last week we asked about the most widespread and fundamental forms of gender-based inequalities. This week we want to explore how these forms of gender based inequalitiesintersect with inequality based on income, race/ethnicity, age, location, disability, and sexual orientation. How should the Post-2015 development framework address the needs of specific groups of women, especially those from the most marginalized groups and those facing multiple forms of discrimination?
  2. “Gender” refers to the socially constructed roles, behaviors, activities, and attributes that a given society considers appropriate for women and men. These socially prescribed gender roles create limitations and obstructions for women and men. What are the gender norms in your society and how do these impede gender equality? What are some successful approaches for tackling the social norms that cause and perpetuate gender based inequalities, including innovative strategies for working with men and boys to promote gender equality?

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