This month we focus on the impact of poverty on women, the gendered discrimination they face, and their struggle to gain access to equal opportunities.
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From Australia to Jordan, global, regional and national events are taking place in all corners of the globe in the lead up to the 20-year anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing+20). Join us, picture a world where gender equality is a reality for every woman and girl.
Our Champions are women and men who have made gender equality and women’s empowerment their cause and mission. Hear from them about why and what you can do to join them!
Invited to tour Asia with the New York Philharmonic at the young age of ten, Midori is an internationally renowned soloist musician, winning the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize for excellence in music, and is an official UN Messenger of Peace. She is also a powerful advocate to end violence against women. Watch her video »
Governor Sergio Fajardo is the governor of Antioquia, Colombia and a #HeforShe. A mathematician turned politician, Fajardo believes that gender equality starts with an understanding of human dignity and human rights, which together provide a blueprint for freedom. To create a free, just and equal society, he calls for the full education of all girls. Watch his video »
Professor Muhammad Yunus established the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh with the objective of helping poor people escape from poverty by providing loans without collateral to support income-generating activities. Working towards eradicating poverty through micro-lending, Grameen Bank now has 8.4 million borrowers of whom 97 per cent are women. Prof. Yunus is the recipient of 112 awards, including the Nobel Peace Prize.
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Today, as head of the Palestinian Civil Police Family Protection Unit, Lieutenant Colonel Wafa Khaled Ayyad Muammar is the highest-ranking female officer in the police, in spite of societal pressure to give up on her dream to serve the country through her work.
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Almost 20 years ago, 189 countries adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a visionary roadmap for women's rights and empowerment. Much has been achieved since, but much more needs to be done and can be done. A world in which gender equality is a reality: Picture it!