Girls and Women

Girls and Women

Empowering girls and women is essential to eliminating poverty, achieving social justice and creating a more peaceful and prosperous world. It’s simple — unless the needs and rights of women and girls are addressed, it will be impossible to achieve our shared development objectives.

Important progress has already been made, but challenges persist in meeting the rights and needs of girls and women. Insufficient political will and legislation, gender norms, and discrimination across the globe impede progress. UN agencies and campaigns such as UN Women, UNFPA, UNICEF and Every Woman Every Child work to galvanize international and national action to address the major challenges facing girls and women today, from implementing standards of gender equality to training midwives and providing sexual and reproductive health services. These efforts are bolstered by the work of UN Foundation campaigns Girl Up and Universal Access Project, Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action and the Family Planning 2020 initiative.

 

 

 

How the UN is creating solutions

To support the efforts of worldwide equality, Sustainable Development Goal 5, gender equality, works to end all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere. While the world is still confronted with cases of abuse, genital mutilation and slavery in the developing world, women in the developed world still face unequal pay and opportunity. In order to make goal 5 a reality, targets have been made to ensure women’s equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights as well as eliminating all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres. 

UN agencies and campaigns such as UN WomenUNFPAUNICEF and Every Woman Every Child work to galvanize international and national action to address the major challenges facing girls and women today, from implementing standards of gender equality to training midwives and providing sexual and reproductive health services. These efforts are bolstered by the work of UN Foundation campaigns Girl Up and Universal Access ProjectMobile Alliance for Maternal Action and the Family Planning 2020 initiative.

Numbers count. So should girls.

Goal: 707 signatures

Why Count Girls?

Approximately one person in twelve around the world is a girl or young woman aged 10–24. Yet many developing countries do not account for the number of girls in their population. Due to an unavailability of systems to count these girls, and sometimes simply due to a lack of political will, girls will be denied birth certificates or other forms of official identification.  This means that as a girl grows up it will be difficult, if not impossible, for her to attend school or get a job in the formal business sector. She will not be able to own her own or inherit land, start her own business, or vote. She will likely be confined to the home and left unpaid – an invisible member of society.

Update: The House of Representatives just voted unanimously to pass the Girls Count Act. The Senate passed the bill at the end of May, which means it now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law!

Congress passing the Girls Count Act is a huge step toward helping girls (and boys) everywhere reach their full potential. When a child isn’t registered, they are invisible in the eyes of their government and their society. And girls are disproportionately affected.

Read the full story here. 

Thank Your Members of Congress for Passing the Girls Count Act

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Girls and Women From the Field
Girls and Women By the Numbers

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