as it might seem, healing, economics, communication media resources
development, education, and politics are all interrelated and interconnected.
We cannot have human development without observing
the exploitation of millions of people around the world by an economic
rationalist system, which seeks to take at the expense of giving
The ethos of the world in which we live is based
on patriarchy, conflict, competition and war. REF1
In the past few thousand years, particularly since
the development of agricultural settlements we have accepted that
the only way to survive is by killing competing and exploiting.
In the process, women are subjugated into submission
and the whole process and ethos of our global culture is towards
the eminence of materialism and masculinity at the expense of anything
else. What this means is that the whole planet ,is here purely for
our use, and domination.
The Medical System
In the medical system, patriarchy, authoritarianism, reductionism
and manipulation with chemicals ( drugs) is the way that we seek
to cure or basically, band aid disease.
Inequity, poverty, malnutrition, ill-health,
infection, are vicious circles, which support each other with impunity.
Will we ever achieve, the so-called UN millennium
goals (see Addendum) where we see education and health for all especially
in the developing world. Or will we see cultural addictions, maintaining
the subjugation of women and abuse of children, the use of child
labour,and the use of child soldiers. In the developing World, disempowerment,
ill-health and impoverishment prevent self development.
ON our planet ,we have a situation where half
the population can barely survive and where 5% or less own more
than 90% of material wealth.
Unless as doctors and health professionals and
nurses, we begin to take a more active part in stewardship of our
Global society and of the land, we can hardly call ourselves healers.
We cannot help but partake of the suffering in this world, which
we see constantly portrayed in the printed media and on the television
screens. The impact is greater for those in the health professions,
because the immediacy of symptomatology, impels us to seek for diagnosis,
causes and treatments This shadow side of humanity is also reflected
in ourselves as we seek to heal that which is within as well as
that which is without.REF3
A good proportion of trials in medicine are biased because they
are funded by the pharmaceutical industry, whose aim above all else
is to make profits and Band-Aid treatment rather than seek for the
real cause and cure. You only have to look at any prescription book
that Doctors use such as MIMS or any medical Journal to see the
vast amount of side effects, which are caused by pharmaceutical
The conspiracy gets worse when we realise that
the World health organisation, in conjunction with the pharmaceutical
industry wishes to stamp out the use of vitamins and supplements
by health practitioners,in order, that they may be patented and
sold purely by the pharmaceutical industry through the act of the
As Doctors and Nurses and Health Professionals
,we are victims of a medical system which seems to have a mind and
way of its own. The individual doctors are dedicated and hard-working
and compassionate towards the patients, and yet the basic system
as it is ,seems to override our basic human qualities for kindness
The cultivation of fear, in our post 9-11 world,
and the economic rationalist model which looks upon people as a
mere numbers or collateral damage in a game for economic superiority
is creating a culture which is anomic and alienated from itself,
from humanity and from nature.
We need to get back to the garden. We need to
get back to the source and core of who we really are.
When we see the burgeoning incidence, of cancer,
cardiovascular disease, iatrogenic disease, infectious disease in
the developing world, and depression, which is worldwide, we realise
that basically medicine, is not doing its job.
We doctors, are being hoodwinked by a pharmaceutical
chemical and technological medical industry, which by its very nature
is taking us over very much like the Industrial Revolution made
slaves of the artisan. We are losing the art of medicine by becoming
mere servants of the medical industry, which is becoming the high
church and sole arbiter of life and death of millions of people.
An Integral World
REF4 Socrates speech on "The Cause and Effect
of Love" 419 B.C says. But souls which are pregnant - for there
certainly are men who are more creative in their souls than in their
bodies - conceive that which is proper for the soul to conceive
or contain. And what are these conceptions? - wisdom and virtue
in general. And such creators are poets and all artists who are
deserving of the name inventor. But the greatest and fairest sort
of wisdom by far is that which is concerned with the ordering of
states and families, and which is called temperance and justice.
Can we indeed, envisage a world, which is ordered,
through temperance, Justice, wisdom, and virtue? Do values count
in a world, in which there is no real set of universal values, by
which to live.
It requires a true sense of civilisation, a sense
of tolerance and an all encompassing acceptance that other groups
of people may have differing value systems, in order that we may
begin to shift to new ways of looking at the human condition.
Inequality in Socio-economic conditions, are preludes
to marginalisation, exclusion and unemployment, which leads to suffering,
depression, disease, wars and terrorism. There is an inextricable
connection between deepening poverty, inequity, and over population.
This in turn has irreversible effects on the living and non living
We do not realise how we quantify life rather
than qualify life. Our Western science teaches us to look at people
in terms of numbers in epidemiology and see wars in terms of collateral
damage, and hospitals and casualties in terms of triage. This lack
of sympathy, rapport, identity, leads to a distancing of our souls
and our minds from the real disasters occurring around is, which
should in fact, be wake-up calls.
The growth of the Internet, and the new forms
of communication gives a more personal touch to what is going on
in the outside world. But at the same time, journalism, by its very
nature is objective and cannot be seen to be too involved with the
subject of observation. That job, is left to the commentators and
the opinion makers. And in these days, opinion makers have a field
day in creating opinions, which tend to follow the agendas of governments
and the current economic system.
Why is it that ordinary people, are so utterly
manipulated by the media and political expediency? Why cannot there
be an education system, which could allow people to, start thinking
for themselves Why is the educational system, so mediaeval and archaic
to the extent that we now have an epidemic of child suicide and
child attention deficit disorder. The educational system has become
so distorted, that children, who appear depressed are given antidepressants,
and the attention deficit children are put on other drugs like Ritalin.
Our future is dependent, not on the short term
goals of politicians or feverish competition amongst Nations for
scarce resources, but on the ability of the population at large
to rear children, who will be happy, creative, resourceful and optimistic
for the future.
And yet, the world is ruled still, as if it were
a multitude of mediaeval nation states, run by Kings, who have a
great deal of control, once elected to office, and are surrounded
by a bulwark of officers, armies and bureaucrats. They act like
the ramparts and fortifications of the castle, which inures the
King, president, or Prime Minister from any real understanding as
to what is going on in the real world.
If you listen to the news, the main stories are
about how the powerful elite, share resources amongst themselves.
The Kings and Queens are not representatives for the voice of the
And yet with the development of the Internet,
as the voice of the ordinary person is heard, there is becoming
a decentralisation of power and expression. New ways of thinking
are being expressed, which go against the Darwinian experience of
survival of the fittest and Win lose.
This is because people are beginning to think
in terms of creative expression ( especially seen on the Internet
) a universal philosophy of oneness, an understanding that life
is a reciprocally maintaining and symbiotic meshwork process and
relationship and that life and livingness and humanness are priorities,
when it comes to creating a livable and sustainable world for the
As we see nature, all around us, becoming chaotic and out of balance,
we begin to realise, just how important it is to respect and love
our basic origins, originating from Gaia or planet earth.
The infinite reaches of the universe are now accessible
to us through telescopes which probe to the very limits of the known
universe and people begin to realise that we live in an extra ordinarily,
abundant universe and that we are much greater and more significant
than we think we are when we see the vast spaces and the myriad
stars of the universe reflected in our own hearts.
How do deal with this dissonance between economics,
which is the major religion of our globalised world, conventional
religion which in order to have any semblance of universality has
to resort to constant interfaith dialogues and the new spirituality
and consciousness, called the new paradigm which sees everything
is being interconnected and in the state of process in oneness?
Inconsistencies in world views
The inconsistencies in world views are seen particularly
in the way the world continually impedes progress towards the UN.
Millennial goals. It is seen in the way than US military industrial
complex spending at $650 billion for 2008 outstrips the rest of
the world`s combined, defence spending by at least five to one with
$40,000,000, being spent on novel bio viral warfare agents.
It is seen in the way all the 50 American states,
have been broken down into a supply chain and an assembly-line to
supply the military industrial complex. This is why, almost every
member of Congress supported the 2008 defence appropriation Bill.
It is seen in the way the war in Iraq is a giant
advertisements for US weapons systems.
In the meantime, to advance the Alliance of Civilizations,
the UN Secretary-General has established a High-level Group of eminent
personalities and tasked this Group with generating a report containing
an analysis of the rise in cross-cultural polarization and extremism
and a set of practical recommendations to counter this phenomenon.
The Organization for Security and Co-operation
in Europe ( OSCE) has adopted the Alliance and, by treaty, politically
binds its member states to the initiative.
The OSCE is the world's largest regional security organization whose
56 participating States span the geographical area from Vancouver
The OSCE derives its power from:
- The Council of Europe
- The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
- The European Community (European Union)
- The Western European Union (WEU)
- The United States is one of those participating
states politically bound to OSCE decisions.
The United Nations, is the administrator of the
initiative of the Alliance of Civilizations,
By its very nature, this Alliance derives its power from the use
of the vast technologies of the military industrial complex. Administered
by an elite, its aim would seem to be to protect a good proportion
of the world, including:
- South-Eastern Europe
- Eastern Europe
- Central Asia
- Western Europe and North America
from possible conflict arising from the Middle
East, China, Pakistan, India and the threat of terrorism.
However, closer look, shows that it seeks also
to deal with a term called, cross-cultural polarisation. Is this
not indeed, a euphemism, for the involvement of the military using
"dual-use" technology in law enforcement affairs in secular
society. Is this not the beginning of the establishment of Big Brother
as expressed in a Myriad local and global surveillance systems for
the everyday citizen, as predicted by George Orwell in the book
In the meantime The World Bank has agreed to lend
more than $20 billion each year for projects meant to improve the
lives of the poor. This is a minuscule amounts compared with the
amount of money, the world spends on killing and armaments. The
money is only given with strict strings attached, and stringent
impact evaluation. Often, evaluation has to be accompanied with
economic profitable returns and the involvement of the private sector.
The World Bank in its enormous amount of literature, constantly
stresses the need for economic growth, above all else.
This of course is very much tied in with the neo-Conservative
Washington consensus model of economic rationalism, which is basically,
our current world. Religion. This religion is controlled by a politically
motivated, economically powerful global monetocrady.
Although couched in complicated language of economics,
which according to Dr Hazel Henderson http://www.hazelhenderson.com/editorials/cuckoos_egg_in_nobel_prize_nest.html
has no significance as a science, the main aim of this metaphysics
is for the accumulation of wealth for a small powerful controlling
elite who enhance their doctrines through the manipulation of infantile
desires and impulses (Quote Erikksonn) http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0022-3433(1976)13%3A1%3C1%3ASVACSP%3E2.0.CO%3B2-Z
and the cultivation of an educational system which is geared towards
competition, Win lose, material success and the production of conditioned
brains which are fodder for the machine like hierarchical processes
of the transnational, political, medical, and military industrial
40 to 50% of scientists in the world, work on the global military
industrial complex. Current global military spending is more than
the total annual income of the poorest 45% of the global population.
There is one soldier for every 43 people in the World and only one
doctor for thousands of people.
The combined effects of globalization, dwindling
natural resources, lack of educational and economic prospects and
the corruption of a large number of developing-world regimes have
today left 3 billion people, roughly half the world's population,
living on $2 a day or less. The overwhelming majority of child soldiers
are drawn from this poor, uneducated, disenfranchised and marginalized
segment of society. At any one time, there are more than 300,000
child soldiers serving with non state armed groups.(P.W. Singer's
Children at War)
Globalisation on the free trade model of the
neo-liberal Washington consensus economics is colliding with local
cultures natural economic sovereignty, social customs and values,
as well as traditional agriculture, indigenous rights and the protection
of biodiversity and the environment. The fundamental issue is the
very economic model underlying today's Globalisation of technology,
trades and markets. The critics from many diverse perspectives agree
that free trade doesn't account for social and environmental costs
and cultural disruption in the price in traded goods and services
will continue to cause more harm than good.
The World Bank, the IMF, the US Government and
the WTO still refuse to recalculate prices and microeconomic indicators
including the GDP to include these social and environmental costs,
which contribute towards the deterioration of human life. Civil
society movement groups throughout the world are committed to the
idea of preserving human identity and enriching biological and cultural
is obviously not a movement toward more democracy, peace, general
welfare, wealth, and ecological sustainability, as its propagators
are pretending everywhere. On the contrary, the opposite is true.
Never in history are so many people dying from hunger and thirst,
environmental destruction, and war, most of them women and children.
Never in history have so many people been confined to poverty, income
reduction, expulsion, expropriation, and extreme exploitation, again,
most of them women and children. Never in history has technological
progress led to such intense and threatening destruction of the
environment globally. Never in history has the nuclear threat been
so acute. Never in history have the political systems been changing
so clearly in the direction of authoritarian, if not despotic rule
in many parts of the world. And never in history has such a tiny
minority on the globe been so incredibly rich and powerful.REF11
How can we act to change this unsavoury state
of affairs in order to give the ordinary person and the ordinary
citizen a voice and an expression of hope. How can ordinary people,
truly create lives , which are full of hope and creativity for the
future not only for themselves but for the future generations.
In this deeply divided world, old embedded cultural
archaic forms of thinking and forms of education, lobotomize the
true self expression of infants, children and adults acclimatising
them to ways of thinking, acting and perceiving, which are mere
caricatures of the self actualised human being.
There seems to be indeed a great divide, between
the way of thinking of politicians, cultural elites, large companies
and and the ordinary global citizen who wishes only for security,
happiness, health and well-being. In their heart of hearts, every
person wishes for this sense of wellness and security in their own
lives. We all wish basically to survive, on a sustainable planet,
and very few people realise that our future is at stake not because
of potential or actual wars and conflicts that because of the ravaging
of the living and non living resources of the total planet and climate
change, which is currently at tipping point.
New Ways Of Thinking
The new way of thinking, invokes new forms of
education and the formation of new disciplines, in virtually all
fields of human endeavour. It requires, an enormous Paradgm shift
and vast change in consciousness, if we are to survive.
Human development, out of poverty, whether this
poverty be material or based on lack of quality of life, chronic
disease, depression and unhappiness depends on the life sciences
and the new science of consciousness taking a greater role in determining
the future of humanity. Socio-economic factors, are but the base
for the creation of our consciousness of well-being which is the
birthright of every human being on the planet.
Happy, contented creative self expressing human
beings are much more capable of creating a sustainable economically
successful human civilization than are people who are in hierarchic
competing arginalizing exploiting and discriminating societies.
On October 16th and 17th , millions all over the world will
once again Stand Up and Speak Out against poverty and inequality
and in support of the Millennium Development Goals
We indeed need to deal with the internal battlefields of our own
minds, hearst and souls.
We also need to be aware of the many organisations in the world,
which are seeking for and creating world peace.
These include at least two million organizations
-- part of the earth's own immunological response, as executed collectively
who are devoted to ways of creating a sustainable planet by looking
at new forms of collective integration ,community sustainability,
environmental sustainability, environmental conservation and the
endless expression of a generosity on behalf of all humanity.REF14
In particular, we should be aware of the vast
growth of a new spiritual wave, consisting of millions of people
on the planet, who leaving traditional modes of institutionalised
religion are devoting themselves to new ways of thinking and consciousness
based on our inextricable connection with all of life and a basic
philosophy of oneness, which transcends race, culture and creed.
Arising out of this fertile ground of expression,
and newness are a significant number organisations wishing to establish
a transnational models of world democracy based on global governance
and an overarching, international law based on human rights and
The peoples of the world require our voices to
be heard and represented for example, by a world Parliament.REF15
The USA, Australia the United Kingdom, and Canada
have also started initiatives to have Departments of Peace or Ministries
for Peace to be established that would sit alongside existing government
A participatory model of global governance could lead to much more
effective global programs, policies, proposals, and international
laws being developed and implemented.REF18
A "human political system" will need
to be developed. http://www.globalcitizensforpeace.com/subtopic/links.htm
A human political system means one which organizes
goods and services in a manner consistent with the benefit of all
of humanity rather than simply for the benefit of a particular nation
or state as today's national political systems do. Without such
a "human" political system attempts to promote human development
will continue to founder upon the rock of national differences,
as has happened in the past, with governments putting national priorities
before human priorities.REF19
Humankind has reached a state of development in
which old modes of thinking and behaving threaten to destroy our
The old paradigm is not working for us individually
or collectively. It is based upon the illusions of scarcity, separation,
judgment and guilt .It is based on a philosophy of "no pain,
no gain" and "stress for success" and guarantees
the outcomes of: greed, inner poverty, competition and war .It creates
the belief that there is not enough to go around and this belief
system /inevitably lead to self- (and planetary-) destruction.
Within our heart-of-hearts many of us recognize
that the old paradigm has kept us disconnected from the living,
breathing Universe -- and from one another. We feel a heart felt
pull towards a new way of looking at life, shifting our perspectives
and living in balance within a new paradigm.REF20
There appears to be on horizon of the 21st Century
a major new paradigm which will touch every person on the planet.
This paradigm seems to be a new religiousness or cosmology that
is to change and transform thousand s of years of belief systems
to bring us closer to the understanding of what we may call infinite
intelligence, the life force, God, the Buddha State or enlightenment.
Albert Einstein said that A human being is part
of the whole, called by us "universe", limited in time
and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as
something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of
his consciousness. This delusion is a prison, restricting us to
our personal desires and to affection for a few persons close to
us.Our task must be to free ourselves from our prison by widening
our circle of compassion to embrace all humanity and the whole of
nature in its beauty.
We create our own reality.. and have access to
the tremendous creative potential within.
Every illness and stress is a tremendous opportunity for growth
The new vision of reality incorporates quantum physics, psychoneuorimmunology,
complimentary medicine and the science of consciousness.
The new world view gives us tremendous potential to actualize the
possibilities that are that are most appropriate for our own happiness
George Bernard Shaw stated "People are always blaming their
circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances
The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and
look for the circumstances they want. And if they can't find them
they make them."
This new vision of reality gives us the opportunity
to access the tremendous creative potential within and create our
own reality. Often understanding occurs through an intuitive leap.
This new paradigm is based upon the recognition
that: the universe is abundant and that we are all interconnected
and we each have within us the power to shift our current "reality."
The new paradigm invites us to come from a sense and anticipation
of completeness, to re-connect with our own personal power and to
support one-another in our missions as we realize that "there
is more to life than what we see;" and that the point of power
is in the present moment
At the present time the old paradigm is crumbling
.Although many are reacting with anxiety and fear many are deliberately
choosing to embrace a new perspective.
There is a global shift in terms of political, economic, social
and national boundaries as we can non longer think of ourselves
as separate and have to acknowledge that in a globalised society
we are all connected and what happens to one person, one society,
one culture or one regional environment affects us all spiritually,
psychologically and ecologically.
Now is the time to act
Transition to a Sustainable Civilisation
TIME TO ACT
The world has an unprecedented opportunity to "make poverty
history".(73) With nearly 3 billion people(74) struggling to
live on less than $2 a day; one woman dying needlessly every minute
in childbirth; 6,000 young people acquiring HIV daily; and millions
of women and girls living in fear of violence, the ethically-acceptable
response is selfevident:
REF1 CAPITALIST PATRIARCHY
AND THE NEGATION OF MATRIARCHY THE STRUGGLE FOR A "DEEP"
ALTERNATIVE CLAUDIA VON WERLHOF
and poverty and the new integral medicine
Join the Medical Renaissance Group-http://www.medicalrenaissance.com/
REF3 The Wounded Healer
REF4 Socrates speech
on "The Cause and Effect of Love" 419 B.C
REF5 Ethics today must
create a moral impact capable of over-hauling the political system
REF6 THE VISION OF WHOLENESS
A Vision of Life's continuity by Wolfgang Fischer
REF7 War and the Money
Economy, Why politicians (still) don't really want peace--- Wolfgang
REF8 Arming Big Brother:The
EU s Security Research Programme
Ben Hayes, April 2006 http://www.statewatch.org/news/2006/apr/bigbrother.pdf
REF9 A Time, Times, and
a Half a Time Richard Peterson http://pineline.blogspot.com/
Myriad local and global surveillance systems; the introduction of
biometric identifiers; RFID, electronic tagging and satellite monitoring;
"less-lethal weapons"; paramilitary equipment for public
order and crisis management; and the militarization of border controls
- technological advances in law enforcement are often welcomed uncritically
but rarely are these technologies neutral, in either application
or effect. Military organisations dominate research and development
in these areas under the banner of "dual-use" technology
From The End of America: Letter of Warning To A Young Patriot- Naomi
Naomi Wolf's 10 steps to fascism
- Invoke a terrifying internal
and external enemy
- Create a gulag
- Develop a thug caste
- Set up an internal surveillance
- Harass citizens' groups
- Engage in arbitrary detention
- Target key individuals
- Control the press
- Dissent equals treason
- Suspend the rule of law
As Americans turn away quite
leisurely, keeping tuned to internet shopping and American Idol,
the foundations of democracy are being fatally corroded. Something
has changed profoundly that weakens us unprecedentedly: our democratic
traditions, independent judiciary and free press do their work today
in a context in which we are "at war" in a "long
war" - a war without end
REF11 CAPITALIST PATRIARCHY
AND THE NEGATION OF MATRIARCHY THE STRUGGLE FOR A "DEEP"
ALTERNATIVE CLAUDIA VON WERLHOF
REF12 STAND UP and SPEAK
OUT: October 17th, 2007 Day of global mobilization against poverty
On October 16th and 17th , millions all over the world will once
again Stand Up and Speak Out against poverty and inequality and
in support of the Millennium Development Goals. The Stand Up Speak
Out initiative is planned to coincide with the International Day
for the Eradication of Poverty. On this day last year, 23.5 million
people stood up against poverty in a 24 hour period setting a new
Guinness World Record.
REF13 DIALOGUE Ram Varma
and Jonathan Stemer
REF14 Blessed Unrest"
by Robert Sullivan
REF15 Bridging the Globalization
Gap: Toward Global Parliament by Richard Falk and Andrew Strauss
REF16 Global Alliance
for Ministries and Departments of Peace - A Vision for the Future
REF17 Envisioning a More
Democratic Global System:http://www.law.widener.edu/envisioning
REF18 The importance
of establishing a participatory model of World Democracy or Global
Governance by Rob Wheeler
REF19 Human development
and the need for a human political system: Lyndon Storey
REF20 HAVE WE EVER REALLY
CONSIDERED ? GEORGE BESCH
REF21 The Convergence
of Science, Spirituality and Peace by Joseph R. Giove, Executive
Director of www.CommonPassion.org
The new world view gives us tremendous potential to actualize the
possibilities that are most appropriate for our own happiness and
REF22 WP1 is the first
installment of a Ten Year Global Peace Initiative, aimed at ending
war and establishing lasting peace for the entire human race http://www.worldpeaceone.com/WP12007/events.html
REF23 Global Marshall
Plan Initiative www.globalmarshallplan.org
REF24 Transition to a
Sustainable Civilisation Authors: Dr. Michael Ellis and Dr. Pavel
The New Paradigm Journal in conjunction with The
Global Citizens For Peace aims to create a platform which mobilises
youth, talent and creativity in developing a more participatory
and equal World?
We need to get on side, some of the world's great
innovators and social entrepreneurs who are creating a more equal
and participatory world, and ask them to be on a panel, which would
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for societal well-being, environmental sustainability and international
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We need your help, your vision and your participation
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they can create for the well-being of all of Australian and Global
International Conference on Population and Development ))AND THE
MDGS (Millennium Development Goals) LINKAGES FOR POVERTY REDUCTION,
GENDER EQUALITY AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH http://www.unfpa.org/swp/2005/english/ch1/index.htm
MDG 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
- Investments in the economic rights of women-equal
employment opportunities and wages, credit, agricultural resources,
inheritance and property rights-increase productivity, farm yields,
and family well-being. Women's control over household resources
leads to higher investments in children's health, nutrition and
- Many of the poorest countries are those in
or emerging from conflict. Investing in women and young people
furthers the rebuilding of societies and economies, poverty reduction
and lasting peace and stability.
- Reproductive health problems disproportionately
affect women and the poor and can push families deeper into poverty.
- Smaller families help reduce hunger
and increase investments per child. This leads to a healthier
and better skilled labour force, slower population growth, reduced
public expenditures, increased savings and investments, and accelerated
social and economic development.
MDG 2: Achieve universal primary education
- When mothers are educated and families are
smaller, the likelihood that all children will go to school increases.
- Gender biases keep many girls from school,
often to help mothers care for siblings and manage household needs.
For many families, the priority is educating boys. Eliminating
school fees and supporting poor families can ensure that all children
complete their education.
MDG 3: Promote gender equality and empower women
- Gender inequality slows development. Equal
political, economic, social and cultural rights are required to
- Women's ability to decide freely the number
and timing of children is key to their empowerment and expanded
opportunities for work, education and social participation.
- Men play a pivotal role in achieving gender
equality, poverty reduction and development goals, including improved
infant and maternal health and reduced HIV transmission and genderbased
- Violence against women and girls results in
high social and economic costs-to individuals, families and public
- Eliminating child marriage, enabling adolescent
girls to delay pregnancy, ending discrimination against pregnant
girls, and providing support to young mothers can help ensure
that girls complete an education. This can help break the cycle
of intergenerational poverty.
- Girls' secondary education provides high
payoffs for poverty reduction, gender equality, labour force participation
and reproductive health, including HIV prevention and women's
and children's health and education status overall.
MDG 4: Reduce child mortality
- Reproductive health can improve infant survival
and health. Birth spacing and maternal health care can help prevent
infant deaths. Family planning also prevents unintended pregnancies:
Unwanted children are more prone to illness and premature death.
- Screening pregnant women for HIV and other
sexually transmitted infections can prevent infant illness, disability
- Empowering adolescent girls to delay
pregnancy can prevent many newborn deaths. Babies born to adolescents
face higher mortality rates than those born to older women.
MDG 5: Improve maternal health
- Key reproductive
health components-family planning, skilled birth attendance and
emergency obstetric care-save lives.
- Family planning can
reduce maternal mortality by 20 to 35 per cent.
- Improved quality of care and access
to maternal health services (prenatal, during delivery, post-partum)
improves women's health and quality of life for them and their
MDG 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
- Reproductive health care includes prevention
and management of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS.
- Gender discrimination fuels the HIV/AIDS
epidemic, placing adolescent girls and women at risk, including
within marriage. Reproductive health programmes counsel individuals
and couples on prevention, prevent mother-to-child transmission
and unwanted pregnancies in HIV-positive women, and offer options
should they wish to have children.
MDG 7: Ensure environmental sustainability
- In developing countries, women are the primary
food producers and managers of community and household water and
fuel resources. Investments in safe water, sanitation, time-saving
technologies and skills training can improve sustainable resource
management, food security, nutrition and health, and lessen time
spent on collecting water and firewood. This releases girls and
women for educational and other productive activities.
- Environmentally-friendly sources of energy
can protect women and children from the harmful effects of pollutants
and cooking fires.
- Family planning and the prevention of unwanted
births, can help stabilize rural areas, slow urbanization and
environmental pressures, and ease demands on public services,
thereby balancing natural resource use with the needs of the population.
MDG 8: Develop a global partnership for
- Decent work for youth-one of the goal's targets-coupled
with enlightened socio-economic policies can increase savings,
productivity and living standards. Among these policies is family
planning, which enables young people to delay having a family
until they have acquired the skills and experience to earn a viable
- Increased income-earning opportunities offer
young women alternatives to early marriage and childbearing and
- Global partnership to secure adequate
supplies of essential reproductive health drugs and commodities
for poor countries- including contraceptives, testing kits and
treatments for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections-is
critical for achieving poverty reduction, gender equality and