Nearly 200 advocates, experts, and US government officials gathered at Girl Summit DC to discuss emerging research and effective strategies for ending child marriage.
The newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals truly meet the needs and consider the rights of women and girls.
The commitments to sexual and reproductive health and rights made in the Sustainable Development Goals reflect much of what is needed to ensure that all women and girls can lead full and healthy lives.
Women’s full and effective participation in political, economic, and public life is essential to achieving gender equality; the 2030 Agenda holds great promise to achieve this goal.
The 2030 Agenda has committed to ending harmful practices such as child marriage and female genital mutilation. Governments must now examine the causes and consequences of these practices in order to face them head-on and eliminate them.
The U.S. has committed to achieve the 2030 Agenda domestically, but it also has an important role to play as a global leader in ensuring that this ambitious agenda stays true to its commitment to women and girls worldwide.
Women’s health and rights advocates will have to collaborate with the public sector to ensure the goals to ensure universal sexual and reproductive health care are achieved.
Comprehensive sexuality education has demonstrated that when young people are educated about human rights, gender equality, and the role of power in relationships, they are better-equipped to make a safe, healthy transition to adulthood.
The letter emphasized that the overly restrictive interpretation of the Helms amendment remains a barrier between women and critical, often-lifesaving health care.
After three years of intense debate and negotiations, governments agreed to a robust, 15-year agenda for global development that promises transformative change for women and girls all over the world.