At the United Nations in New York, the Working Group on Girls (WGG) recently submitted a compelling statement for consideration at the 59th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women to be held in March 2015. Along with many other NGOs, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur endorsed this statement in support of the need for girls’ voices to be “represented in all areas of civic life: education, employment, health, safety, economics, technology, environment, and peace building”. Girls are critical yet overlooked partners in development who cannot be left behind. The document contains six main recommendations for the participating governments to affirm in March:

  • Reject all forms of violence and harmful practices against women and girls
  • Recognize human rights of girls in all phases of the life cycle
  • Change deep cultural negative attitudes about women and girls
  • Address persistent feminization of poverty
  • Reverse both child and maternal mortality rates
  • End child labor in all its forms, including recruitment and use of child soldiers

What you can do

Read WGG statement:
View infographic on gender equality:
Support access to technology for girls:
Speak up locally and nationally about the important issue of girls’ rights

The equation is simple: when girls are healthy and in school;
when legal frameworks and financial access support women;
when women’s lives are free of violence and discrimination, nations thrive.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon


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