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

How can the SDGs be targeted to dig out the root of causes entrenched gender inequality? Join an expert panel on Thursday 28 May, 1–3pm BST, to discuss

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Katine Project, Girls play netball at Katine primary school.   Photo by Dan Chung

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“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 panel

Professor Jo Boyden, director, Young Lives, Oxford Department of International Development, Oxford, UK, @yloxford
Jo had led this international study of childhood poverty since 2005 and has written on child labour, children and political violence, and child migration.
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Lucie Faucherre, junior policy analyst, Gender Equality and Women’s Rights OECD, Paris, France, @luciefaucherre
Lucie supports the work of GenderNet, the only international forum where gender experts from the donor agencies and foreign ministries meet to define common approaches.

Katja Iversen, chief executive, Women Deliver, New York, US, @katja_iversen
Katja has more than 20 years’ experience working in NGOs, corporates and UN agencies. Previously, she held a leading position at Unicef.

Saket Mani, UN global youth advocate, World We Want 2015, Pune, India, @SaketMANI
Saket is a global youth activist, community mobiliser and strategist advocating for democratic sustainability, youth rights, human rights, gender justice, accountability, transparency and youth engagement.

Nebila Abdulmelik, head of communications, Femnet (African Women’s Development & Communication Network), Nairobi, Kenya, @aliben86
Nebila is a pan-Africanist and a feminist passionate about social justice. She has been actively engaged in the post-2015 SDGs process since 2012.

Kasia Staszewska, women’s rights policy adviser, ActionAid UK, London, UK, @KasiaStasz
Kasia is a Women’s Rights Adviser in ActionAid and focuses on violence against women, economic inequality and post-2105.
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Anush Aghabalyan, head of advocacy, World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, London, UK, @Anushik_Ag
Before joining World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), the largest voluntary movement dedicated to girls in the world, Anush worked for UN agencies.

Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, general secretary, World YWCA, Geneva, Switzerland, @worldywca
Nyaradzayi is a goodwill ambassador for the African Union on ending child marriage. She is a human rights lawyer has worked on issues of women and children’s rights for the past 20 years.

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

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