17 development goals can change the lives of women and girls

30 September 2015

This week world leaders, social entrepreneurs, corporate executives, NGO heads, aid officials and even Pope Francis descended on New York to launch the sustainable development agenda for the next 15 years.

They have committed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development (The Global Goals) to deliver on three fundamental challenges by 2030:

  • end extreme poverty
  • fight inequality and injustice
  • address climate change

The United Nation’s Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a call to action, that will require political action, leadership, commitment and accountability.

This call offers a tool through which we will all be judged on our efforts to secure a different reality for many across the globe, and The Girl Generation believes it can change the lives women and girls particularly.

Global Goal number five to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls offers a great starting point to achieve that aim for all of us. It offers a range of issues and actions that will drive success, including a call to “eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM).”  

We all know FGM and child marriage are practiced for many reasons.

They prevail in places with high gender inequality, engendered power differentials and deep rooted societal attitudes and norms that communities are expected to conform to.

Challenging these norms and engaging communities is a key driver to ending these practices.

We particularly need to provide women with the tools, skills and capacity to be effective in their leadership roles.

This requires a continuing focus on ensuring that the platforms through which politics take place are inclusive, empowering and, ultimately, can transform gender relations to the benefit of us all.

The Girl Generation is one such platform. Our role is to bring together global, regional and national stakeholders, including those working at the grassroots and youth and women themselves, providing them with social change communication skills and opportunities to speak up so that united, we can end FGM in one generation.

Moving beyond the adoption of The Global Goals to implementation, the development of the indicators will help women and girls hold their societies and the governments accountable for delivering on the commitment to achieving gender equality. 

We continue to work hard to ensure that FGM is included as a global indicator given that FGM is a globalised issue. In the same way The Global Goals were developed though a participatory process – showing the power of citizen engagement and voices – we can do the same, by influencing and working collaboratively with our networks.

It is time to raise your voice and be heard so we can transform the lives of women and girls worldwide. The Global Goals will help us deliver on that goal and together we will change the lives of women and girls.

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