Minister Ploumen stressed that gender equality and women's rights are her top priority. Therefore gender-equality should be integrated as a separate goal and mainstreamed in the post-2015 agenda, including SRHR and economic justice. As an example she mentioned the Memorandum of Understanding signed on Monday 23rd September between the Bangladeshi government, the Bangladeshi employers association and the International Labor Organization (ILO) on the garment industry. This will also be stressed during the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative. Finally, Ploumen will pursue her fight against Female Genital Mutilation and Violence against Women in general.
Elisabeth van der Steenhoven
Director WO=MEN Dutch Gender Platform