Gender Dimensions of the Millennium Development Goals in Sri Lanka
Responding to the criticism of the MDGs, particularly by women’s groups, the Outcome Document of the World Summit in 2005 re-envisioned the goals to incorporate other international development goals encapsulated in UN Declarations and Conventions and in the outcomes of the UN World Conferences of the 1990s and located the MDGs within the framework of universal, indivisible, interdependent and mutually reinforcing human rights, linking them, for instance, with the provisions in CEDAW and the Beijing Platform for Action which have been the guiding principles for action in the recent past.
This study has drawn from the provisions of CEDAW and the critical areas of concern of the Beijing Platform of Action and has included additional indicators that are consonant with the expanded vision of the 2005 Outcome Document and its stance of national contextualisation. Its objective has been chiefly the exploration of baseline data for monitoring progress towards the achievement of the goals. Limitations have been imposed, however, by the lack of adequate sex disaggregated data and a vacuum in quantitative data regarding the situation in the North and East.