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!
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 »
Arunachalam Muruganantham invented a machine to make low-cost sanitary towels, refusing enormous quantities of money to sell the patent for the machine to any commercial company. He risked everything he had to not only improve women's health, but also went one step further to promote women's ability to pull themselves out of poverty. Read more »
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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Rafea Um Gomar, a brave Bedouin woman from a rural village has not only become the first female solar engineer in Jordan, but she has also set up 80 solar installations along with co-engineer Sahia Um Badr, providing electricity to her village. Today she is an elected leader, a role model and a teacher in her community, training many others how to use sustainable energy.
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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!