EDUCATING GIRLS IS KEY TO ACHIEVING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
We will never achieve any of the Sustainable Development Goals without overcoming the discrimination and poverty that stunt the lives of girls and women from one generation to the next.
Every goal – from ending hunger and poverty to climate change – is grounded in the need for equitable and quality education for all. So instead of celebrating International Women’s Day with slogans and hashtags,
let’s take a hard look at the statistics and use them to get every girl in school, learning and on her way to empowerment.
On the bright side, the data clearly show that the girls who do manage to start primary school and make the transition to secondary education tend to continue their studies,
with the hope and determination of improving their lives and those around them.
The great French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-78) wrote in his work Emile: “There is no happiness without courage nor virtue without struggle.
” Without courage there is no happiness and it is impossible to create a life of value. This is an unchanging rule of human existence.
Living in a predominantly men society defeats the purpose of the Universal Declarations of Human Rights. l stand for Gender Equality and would like to reiterate its targets as the world celebrates today for women.
End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere. Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation.
Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation.
Recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family
as nationally appropriate. Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision making in political, economic and public life.
Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform
for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences. Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property,
financial services, inheritance and natural resources, in accordance with national laws.
Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women.Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of
gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels. Let’s support to make it happen! Happy day to all women.