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With less than 800 days to the end date of the MDGs, we call for accelerated implementation of measures to achieve the MDGs and fully support initiatives that are people-centered, and that place women’s human rights and development at the center. One of the key achievements of the MDGs has been gender parity in education. This has so far been measured in terms of enrolment in primary school and could further be scaled up to ensure quality in education, enrolment and retention up to tertiary level and an increase in the number of trained female teachers . In the current context of Africa’s economic growth, especially with the discovery of oil and other precious resources, it is crucial that women’s empowerment remains a key focus so as to eliminate all barriers that prevent women’s access to infrastructure, credit, employment, and markets.
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