How can the world improve the lives of women and girls by 2030?

Sun May 15, 2016 8:02am EDT
 
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COPENHAGEN (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - With women and girls facing discrimination and violence in every part of the world, the United Nations last year committed to work toward gender equality in the next 15 years as part of a new set of global goals.

Key participants attending the fourth global Women Deliver conference in Copenhagen were asked what they thought were the most important actions needed to improve the lives of women and girls by 2030.

The Women Deliver conference, billed as the largest women's event in a decade, is being held from May 16-19, organized by a global advocacy organization fighting for girls' and women's health, rights and wellbeing.

PHUMZILE MLAMBO-NGCUKA, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF UN WOMEN

- "Addressing the issue of prejudice against women that is present in all societies is important for all of us no matter what country we come from. We have under-invested in ending these deep prejudices ... and need to look again at traditional laws that discriminate against women. At a macro level we need to make a change so women are looked at as solution providers for the family and the economy and not as dependents."

JULIA GILLARD, CHAIR OF THE GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP FOR EDUCATION

- "The under-education of girls is one of the most pressing social issues of our time. When we educate our girls, we see reduced child deaths, healthier children and mothers, fewer child marriages and faster economic growth. And yet, 63 million girls are not in school. This is unacceptable. We need to move beyond well-meaning but scattered advocacy and toward helping countries to build strong education systems that deliver quality education to all students."    Continued...