POSTED July 6, 2021
UN Women lead global gathering at Generation Equality Forum
Governments, influencers and corporations gathered from around the world to promote women’s rights
Generation Equality Forum, a three-day UN Women event held in Paris, united governments and corporations from around the world last week to talk about investments and contributions made towards women and girls.
“Women everywhere in the world are squeezed into a small corner,” Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women’s executive director was quoted as saying by UN News. During the event, she noted women make up a quarter of all managers, parliamentarians, climate change negotiators and “less than one quarter of those who negotiate peace agreements.” There is still much more work that needs to be done for gender equality.
UNESCO has launched a commitment within the next five years to achieve “tangible progress” towards gender equality. This includes supporting girls’ education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning, a financial investment of US$24 million, and continued advocacy with partners around the world.
At Children Believe, we work with our implementing partners to level the playing field for girls and women to ensure that they are given the tools to participate in decision-making in their community. In 2019/2020, we trained and supported 52,000 community members, leaders and local administrators to promote gender equality.
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