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Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are eight international development goals that all 192 United Nations member states and at least 23 international organizations have agreed to achieve by the year 2015. They include eradicating extreme poverty, reducing child mortality rates, fighting disease epidemics such as AIDS, and developing a global partnership for development.

The MDG were developed out of the eight chapters of the United Nations, signed in September 2000. There are eight goals with 21 targets,[10] and a series of measurable indicators for each target.[11][12]

Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education

Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women

 Goal 4: Reduce child mortality rates

 Goal 5: Improve maternal health

 Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases

 Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability

 Goal 8: Develop a global partnership for development

NATSIEC have put out a list of Australian Indigenous MDGs  (National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Ecumenical Commission)  see their website:


Make Indigenous Poverty History Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women


Women are less likely than their male counterparts to have a post-school qualification. Less than 10 % of Indigenous women have a post-school qualification.


Indigenous women are the least likely to be in the labour force with a participation rate of 43 %.

Of those employed more than one half worked in government administration, education or health and community services. The same industries accounted for only around one third of all female employment.


Indigenous women are 19 times more likely than non-Indigenous women to be imprisoned. This is on the increase there is a 25 % increase in prison rates for women between 2000 and 2004.


Indigenous women sought refuge from family violence at a rate of 45 per 1000 population, compared with 3 per 1000 population of non-Indigenous women.


Suicide rates for Indigenous women are between 7 to 17 per 100 000, as opposed to 4 to 5 per 100 000 in the non-Indigenous female population.


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