The Millennium Development Goals MDGs are currently the highest-level expression of the international community’s development priorities. There are 8 development goals that have been committed to by the international community to an action agenda with emphasis on sustainable, human development as the key to fulfilling social and economic progress. The current MDGs will expire at the end of 2015 and will be replaced by the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs which are currently being debated and fine tuned at the United Nations.

The Goals are listed below with how they connect with the prevention of violence against women: 

While the linkages are not always explicit, the MDGs and their targets afford many options for addressing violence against women.

MDG 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

Provides an opportunity to ally violence against women with poverty reduction efforts aimed at protecting the poorest and most vulnerable women.

MDG 2: Achieve universal primary education

Can be used to highlight how the drive towards universal primary education can be hindered by gender- based factors – including violence and lack of security – that prevent girls and young women from entering and completing school. Conversely, better education for girls and boys may contribute to the reduction of violence against women.

MDG 3: Promote gender equality and empower women

Provides a solid basis for promoting equality and women’s empowerment as a sustainable development strategy, which at the same time is a key strategy for reducing and eliminating violence against women.

MDG 4: Reduce child mortality and MDG 5: Improve maternal health

Provide opportunities to raise the profile of violence against women as a serious obstacle to improving maternal and child health, and as a threat to the health and well-being of all women. Partner violence during pregnancy is widespread and has significant consequences for maternal health.

MDG 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases

Establishes the value of anti-violence efforts in HIV prevention, highlighting the evidence that violence against women undermines HIV prevention and care efforts, and conversely that preventing this violence contributes to the prevention of HIV.

MDG 7: Ensure environmental sustainability

Opens useful avenues for designing interventions which, in addition to preserving the environment, can empower and protect women in both rural and urban settings.

MDG 8: Develop a global partnership for development
Supports arguments for the participation of women and their representative organizations in policy and programme design, thereby allowing such efforts to include issues important to women, such as violence.

Source- World Health Organisation 2005, Addressing violence against women and achieving the Millennium Development Goals

Made Equal supports and is committed to helping achieve these goals through strategically implementing awareness MDGs in the training, activities and programs that we l be under. These goals are not limited to States and organisations that are ‘signed up’ but are the responsibility for all societies and communities including us at Made Equal.