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If Leaders Aren't Talking About Women's Rights, Let's Raise Our Voices

Written By: Melanie Abrahams
December 14, 2010

 

Globally, everyone is buzzing over the Wikileaks scandal and what our world leaders really talk about when they think no one’s listening. A report out today from Women’s E-News highlighted what our leaders aren’t talking about behind closed doors: women’s rights.

Reporter Corinna Barnard scoured over 200 of the Wikileaked cables and found “nothing about political participation of women, their role in civil society or efforts to empower women and facilitate access to justice.” Although it’s true that there are still vast quantities of cables yet to read through, and although we definitely have proof that our governments do think about and act in the name of women’s rights—it’s clear that women and girls are not always given the priority they deserve on the world stage.

We can shift this conversation, but only if we use our voices to talk about women and girls in a meaningful way—which we have a chance to do right now. The International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Bill was recently passed unanimously by the U.S. Senate, and now it’s on its way to the  House of Representatives for a vote. Now is the time to urge your Congressperson to stand up for women and girls by passing this bill to help end the devastating practice of child marriage. It’s simple to send a note to your representative, or you can sign an online petition here to show your support.

Let’s not be hypocrites. If we want our leaders to act, we need to act, too. Raise your voice to encourage more talk—and action!—toward a just and healthy life for every woman and girl.

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