Published On: Thu, May 21st, 2015

Live Q&A: how can the sustainable development goals do more for girls?

 Girls, pupils of Katine primary school, play netball

“The millennium development goals [MDGs] did not address the root causes of poverty, most especially women’s inequality, which made it impossible for the goals to be truly transformative,” said Action Aid in a report to the UK government in 2012.

Lucie Faucherre at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), agrees that the MDGs did not adequately target the origins of gender equality:

“An unequivocal lesson from the MDGs experience is that tackling entrenched norms and practices is the business of development. In fact, it is a prerequisite to creating an environment that respects and protects girls’ rights. This might mean taking risks and being innovative.”

So now the opportunity is here to set the road map for the next 15 years with the sustainable development goals (SDGs), how can they catalyse truly transformative change? Can they actually achieve ambitious aims to end discrimination, eliminate violence against women and girls and end child marriage and female genital mutilation?

What risks and innovations are worth taking? What are the best ways to measure achievement? And how can girls voices be included in the process? Join an expert panel on Thursday 28 May, 1–3pm BST, to discuss these questions and more.

The live chat is not video or audio-enabled but will take place in the comments section (below). Get in touch via or @GuardianGDP on Twitter to recommend someone for our expert panel. Follow the discussion using the hashtag #globaldevlive.

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