Women, Poverty, Equality: The Role of CEDAW (with Meghan Campbell)

In September 2015, the UN adopted the Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all people. The Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, have made an overt commitment to human rights as fundamental to the international development agenda. SDG Goal number 1 is to end poverty in all its forms everywhere. And the targets specifically state that poverty must be eliminated for all men, women and children. But poverty affects these groups differently, and the causes of poverty for men, women, and children also differ. Empirical evidence tells us that women disproportionately live in poverty. So how do we tackle the gendered nature of poverty, when it seems to be missing from both development agendas and human rights frameworks?

**This episode is part of a special series on “Working Together: Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals” a British Academy project led by Professor Sandy Fredman, Fellow of the British Academy and Director of the Oxford Human Rights Hub. As part of this project, the Academy convened a roundtable in January 2018 with academic experts, policymakers and practitioners from the UK and overseas to discuss the ways in which human rights and developmental goals can work together to achieve the SDG agenda and particularly gender equality and women’s empowerment. Meghan Campbell participated in the discussion.**

Produced by: Dr Kira Allmann (University of Oxford)
Interview(s) with: Dr Meghan Campbell (University of Birmingham)
Music by: Rosemary Allmann

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