Mothers, a key factor in the 2030’s Sustainable Development Agenda

By Elkanah Nyauma

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Mothers are directly affected by the 2030’s Sustainable Development Agenda, adopted by the United Nations in 2015, which has become a major framework for United Nation’s work.

For mothers or women around the world – especially those from poorest backgrounds, living in rural or remote areas – the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of “Agenda 2030” are high hopes – of a better life for their children and for themselves.

Mothers and their children are poorly represented among the poorest and vulnerable populations. Much of of unpaid family care duty is still the responsibility of women, especially mothers, which is one of the main causes of their susceptibility to poverty.

This invisible work that they do which is important to the well-being of families and communities, supports the whole economy. But it also creates a poverty of available time for women. It also restricts their access to important needs of employment, education, and income-generating activities.

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Mothers should be given recognition as agents of change who, when offered quality education and adequate support, can greatly contribute to achievement of sustainable development goals.

Educated girls and women are healthier, have the skills to make choices over their own future and can lift themselves, their communities and their countries out of poverty. ~ Global Citizen

Recognition and empowerment of mothers can have a positive impact on many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). By helping mothers and their children, the benefits of investment are largely positive for the implementation of the 2030 agenda!

Addressing the problem of poverty of mothers and their children is necessary to break the cycle of poverty and achieve SDG 1 of ending poverty in all its forms everywhere.

On average, women reinvest 90% of their income in their family – compared to 30% to 40% for men. Food, education and health: mothers invest in their children so that they emerge from poverty. ~ World Bank

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