Global Citizen Launches New Campaign for Gender Equality Because #SheIsEqual

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Wizkid, the Nigerian singer and global superstar, is serious about making his voice heard when it comes to improving education and sanitation for everyone — especially girls and children — in Nigeria.
In a series of tweets, Wizkid called on the governor of Lagos, Akinwunmi Ambode, to invest in “eliminating barriers for Nigerians”, which starts with quality education and proper sanitation for everyone.

bY CRIMSON TAZVINZWA//One thing that has been made crystal clear in the last 18 months: Women and girls deserve, and now demand, to be treated as equals. The fast-growing #MeToo and SheDecides movements are testament to an awakening in society that women and girls are treated differently and held back in every aspect of life — in school, by governments, by health systems, and in the workplace.

As the late global icon Nelson Mandela said, this is a major oversight: “As long as the nation refuses to acknowledge the equal role of more than half of itself, it is doomed to failure.”

Global Citizen believes in the power of advocacy. Rather than ask individuals to contribute money to support specific programs on the ground, Global Citizen works with world leaders to make large financial commitments to support things like girls education, building toilets, robust foreign aid programs, and more.

Girls and women are essential to building healthier, better-educated and sustainable communities. Women and girls are too often afflicted with some of the harshest aspects of poverty. Instead of victims, women and girls can be powerful community leaders.

Global Citizens take actions to earn their way into the festival. These actions tell leaders the changes we want to see in the world.

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Since 2012, nearly 16 million actions by Global Citizens have helped generate commitments and policy announcements from leaders valued at over $37.9 billion.

Image result for A woman cleans a ventilated drop-hole cover on her latrine, in the community of Iorpuu, Nigeria in April 2013.
A woman cleans a ventilated drop-hole cover on her latrine, in the community of Iorpuu, Nigeria in April 2013. Iorpuu, which has been declared open defecation free, began participating in a community-led total sanitation initiative in December in 2011.
Andrew Esiebo/UNICEF

These commitments are set to affect the lives of more than 2.25 billion people with interventions that range from vaccinating a child to providing one year of education.

These things will ultimately help these individuals to lift themselves out of poverty and have long term positive development outcomes.

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