Our e-consultation has now concluded and I would like to thank you for your insights on the theme of empowerment of rural women.
The quality, as much as the quantity, of your comments was of a high order. The diversity of inputs from many countries across the globe was particularly pleasing.
This consultation is particularly useful as comments could stimulate debate among decision-makers currently designing a post-2015 development framework. The consultation was linked to a side-event organised by FAO, IFAD and WFP at the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals in February 2014.
As the deadline for contributions was approaching, the OWG co-chairs released a report identifying 19 focal areas for possible inclusion among the SDGs that will be proposed to the United Nations General Assembly in September 2014. Among them were Gender equality and women’s empowerment (focus area 5); and promoting equality (focus area 12).
In the coming weeks, the results of this e-consultation will feature in an article on FAO’s new webpages devoted to the post-2015 process, www.fao.org/post-2015-mdg/.
In the meantime, we will retain your comments for others to read and look forward to your engagement on future themes.
FAO’s post-2015 team