Twenty years ago this September, the United Nations convened its fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China. They produced what is called “The Beijing Platform for Action” and identified twelve strategic areas for the empowerment of women and girls. Since 1995, the Beijing Platform for Action has served as the gender equality road-map for governments and communities around the world – but a lot can happen in twenty-years!
The Working Group on Girls wants to know what YOU think about the promise of equality in your world. We invite girls, ages 18 and under, to Grade Your World!
Simply complete the Girls Grade Beijing surveyto give feedback on what gender equality looks like in your community. The survey takes about 5 minutes to complete, but your responses can help shape the global movement for girls’ rights!
The survey is available in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Arabic. You can also download hard copies of the survey and return them to us at WGGgirls@gmail.com or at 777 United Nations Plaza, Suite 6E, New York, NY 10017.
YES! It’s Giving Tuesday! We might stay away from the crowded malls on the last Friday of November, or the small shops on that Saturday – and even eschew the pull toward website bargains this past Monday – but how can any of us with caring hearts resist a DATE dedicated to GIVING to our favorite CHARITY?
The Working Group on Girls is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation; that means that our generosity is also tax-exempt. Dollars spent go toward support of WGG’s many actions on behalf of protection, rights & participation of girls around the globe: advocacy materials, trainings, program needs, and necessary travel support.
I (Beth Adamson) have ENJOYED giving to WGG in the names of my daughter and husband this year – and was surprised to have a friend and a cousin each give donations to WGG in my name. It brought a smile to my face!
KNOW & TEACH the joy of giving this way. If ALL of us GIVE, even small amounts add up. Just touch the DONATE NOW box and stand up for girls’ rights!
GENEVA (5 November 2014) – For the first time, two UN human rights expert committees have joined forces to issue a comprehensive interpretation of the obligations of States to prevent and eliminate harmful practices inflicted on women and girls, such as female genital mutilation, crimes committed in the name of so-called honour, forced and child marriage, and polygamy.
“Harmful practices are frequently justified by invoking social or religious customs and values often embedded in patriarchal cultures and traditions. They are deeply rooted in attitudes that regard women and girls as inferior to men and boys. They are also often used as a means of ‘protecting’ the honour of women, children and their families and as a way of controlling women’s choices and expressions, in particular their sexuality,” said Violeta Neubauer from the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).
“Harmful practices are found across the world. They have become increasingly common in some countries where they did not used to exist, mainly as a result of migration, while in some regions, especially those affected by conflict, they had declined but are now re-emerging,” said Hiranthi Wijemanne from the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
The Committees’ Joint General Recommendation/General Comment* – released today – also highlights other harmful practices such as virginity testing, binding, widowhood practices, infanticide, and body modifications including fattening, neck elongation and breast ironing. The Committees also pay attention to practices such as women and girls undergoing plastic surgery to conform to social norms of beauty.