By: Vanessa Valenti on September 04, 2008 Government and aid donor partners need to place more efforts on combating gender inequality if they want to win the war of global poverty, said the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the European Commission last Tuesday. UNIFEM Director, Ines Alberdi said: “Over a billion women worldwide continue to be trapped in poverty…Where women can’t thrive, national development strategies and progress towards the Millennium Development Goals [MDG] are in jeopardy. There can be no aid effectiveness without a focus on gender equality.” UNIFEM has implemented gender-responsive budgeting (with the help of the European Commission) which has supported in over 40 countries. This helps to ensure women’s development needs are addressed when supplying aid resources. Check out more info on the The EC/UN Partnership on Gender Equality for Development and Peace program.