Today, not a single country can claim to have achieved gender equality. Even before the onslaught of COVID-19, 1 in 3 women and girls reported experiencing sexual and physical violence, and half of women and girls live in situations where they are denied decision-making and choice about their own bodies and health. Nearly 1 in 5 girls were married before age 18, and 132 million girls are currently out of school. And on the current course, it will take us another 136 years to close the global gender gap. These statistics are shocking and they have only been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In September 1995, tens of thousands of activists from across the globe met in Beijing for the Fourth World Conference on Women with a purpose — to achieve a world where every woman and girl can live free from violence, go to school and learn, control her future, and earn equal pay for equal work. A world where they are equal.
Significant progress has been made over the last decades, but the pace of change has been too slow. The COVID-19 pandemic is increasing gender and other inequalities, disproportionately affecting women’s and girls’ safety, access to education, economic well-being and the opportunity to thrive.
This summer, governments from around the world met for the Generation Equality Forum where they came up with reccomendations to achieve the Bejing Declaration.
Now we need world leaders to follow up on this recommednations with concrete commitments to achieving equality for all on girls’ and womens’ legal rights, education, employment, health and a fair recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that strengthens women's rights.
Sign the petition now, and join us in calling on governments and stakeholders to make big, bold commitments for an equal future for all.