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Girls & Women

Make gender equality a global priority

After reading through, #ShowYourSelfie to tell world leaders you care about the rights of girls.

Investing in girls and women is critical to achieving gender equality and ending poverty. Currently, they are being left behind. That’s why, so far,  Global Citizens took over 55,000 actions calling for girls and women to be at the heart of the post-2015 development agenda. 

Today, there are still 31 million girls who are denied an education, almost 300 000 girls and women who die from complications due to pregnancy or childbirth per year and 222 million women in developing countries who want to avoid pregnancy but lack access to family planning services, information, and contraception.

When girls and women are educated and healthy, with access to sexual and reproductive health services including family planning, poverty will decline. We’re asking the UN Secretary-General and other key decision-makers and stakeholders to prioritize and streamline gender equality within all future development goals.  Specifically we are calling for the Secretary-General and key decision-makers to include in the new development agenda measures to:

1. Keep girls in school and reduce dropout rates

2. Ensure every girl and woman has access to a comprehensive package of sexual and reproductive health information, services and rights, including family planning

3. Establish targets to track and achieve gender equality across all goals

Join us in signing this petition today and show your support for equality for girls and women everywhere.  Click on the petition button above to read and join the movement. 

You can also show your support for the 222 million women in developing countries who have an unmet need for contraception by joining the It Takes Two campaign here