The room was filled with anticipation as governments and women’s rights organizations gathered in the plenary hall at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) to adopt the Asia-Pacific Declaration on Advancing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Beijing+25 Review.
This long-awaited report exposes the major gaps in current data about what works for women and girls, particularly those who are most marginalized. Here are four critical actions that governments, NGOs, and researchers must take to achieve gender equality in the 2030 Agenda.
We call on the new leader to take the bold action needed to ensure progress is not rolled back.
A new initiative to fill the gap left by Trump’s disastrous Global Gag is welcome and much needed, but it won’t be enough.
Trump’s stated desire to restrict access to safe, legal abortion services, combined with the most regressive Republican Party platform on sexual and reproductive rights, spell disaster.
The declaration makes bold new commitments to realize human rights, address the drivers of HIV among women and girls, and give young people the information and services they need to better protect themselves from HIV. But it fails to address discrimination against and criminalization of key populations affected by HIV.
Women and girls remain among the most affected by and most vulnerable to HIV, TB, and malaria.
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.
With the deadline to achieve an agreement just days away, governments must continue to fight for a strong focus on women and girls.
Today, IWHC is joining world leaders and NGO partners at the Girl Summit to commit to do all we can to end child marriage and female genital mutilation.