If this Secretary-General truly wants to be remembered as a feminist champion, he must challenge his team and all agencies, entities and world leaders to embrace the hard issues, accelerate progress and deepen impact for women and girls around the world. We simply cannot afford to wait.
There are 2.5 billion women and girls on this planet who are impacted by discriminating laws and lack any legal protection. In many countries, as much of 75 percent of the rights of women and girls are not protected in law. But 25 years after the historic UN World Conference on Women in Beijing, leaders are intent on making change.
Grassroots, intersectional, women-led movements have never been more critical to advancing the global gender justice agenda.
Donald Trump spent the majority of his 37-minute speech Tuesday before the United Nations General Assembly cynically co-opting human rights language in service of his violent, nationalistic agenda.
“You need to have a regular and intense exposure of the people to the same information and messaging. Let them reflect, let them speak, let them think about it. It takes weeks and months to change their vision.”
The latest battle over words at the UN drew global attention to the Trump administration’s attempts to wrestle full control over women’s bodies and minds—in the U.S. and across the world.
The UN Security Council just adopted its 9th resolution on Women, Peace, and Security. The resolution was intended to address the needs of victims of sexual violence in conflict—but thanks to the Trump administration, the ideology of few were put above the lives of thousands of women and girls.
Afghan women have spoken out to demand their inclusion in the peace process unfolding between the Trump administration and the Taliban—and so have women across the globe who stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them. Actor, activist and UN special envoy Angelina Jolie has now joined that chorus of voices.
Today marks the last day of the UN’s 63rd Annual Commission on the Status of Women—and U.S. officials are trying to reverse historic agreements advancing women’s rights worldwide before it ends.
“We have irrefutable evidence that when women are included, it accelerates peace-building, it improves humanitarian response and it helps the economies of these countries that have been in conflict recover faster. But despite this, less than one percent of international aid to countries in crisis is given to women’s organizations—and I just, I find that kind of unacceptable. I think women are more than one percent of the solution.”