2nd Forum - What do Bonobos have to do with the Millenium Development Goals?

Dr Rae Lesser Blumberg

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Dr Rae Lesser Blumberg

In this second session of the "UNESCO Forum for Gender Equality", Dr Rae Lesser Blumberg discussed the linkages between women's economic empowerment and the level of gender equality within a group. Dr Blumberg went as far back as humankind’s common ancestors—chimps and bonobos—to show that women have historically held substantial economic power and have been behind significant technological innovations.

Dr Blumberg argued that measuring the third Millennium Development Goal, "promoting gender equality and empowering women", requires the development of additional indicators, beginning with a sex disaggregated measure of relative economic empowerment.

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