In early February, more than 60 feminists from 31 countries and 47 nongovernmental organizations gathered in upstate New York over three days to meet, strategize, and collaborate on a common feminist agenda for the next two years. The historic meeting resulted in a call to action to world leaders to prioritize gender equality and women’s human rights in order to achieve sustainable development. This hard-hitting declaration has now been endorsed by nearly 350 organizations, representing millions of women and girls around the world.
Specifically, the declaration calls on world leaders to create a stand-alone goal for achieving gender equality as part of the new sustainable development framework that will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In addition, the declaration insists that governments include gender-specific targets and indicators across all development goals, strategies, and objectives.
The feminist declaration addresses a broad range of issues that impact the lives of women and girls—from armed conflict to environmental degradation, discrimination to poverty, lack of access to education to poor health services. The declaration calls on world leaders to commit to the following goals: gender equality, health, education, economic justice, and ecological justice.