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