WGG Statement on Girls Abduction in Nigeria

The Working Group on Girls, Inc. shares our deepest concerns for the recent news from Nigeria about the abduction of school girls.

We add our voices to UN Women, the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights, the Offices of the SRSG on Children and Armed Conflict, and the SRSG on Sexual Violence in Conflict, in stating that: 
 
• We urge those who are responsible for their abduction to release them unharmed, and return them safely to their families, where they rightfully belong.
 
• Schools are and must remain places of safety and security, where children can learn and grow in peace.  Girls and young women must be allowed to go to school without fear of violence and unjust treatment so that they can play their rightful role as equal citizens of the world.  Women and girls have the right to live free from intimidation, persecution and all other forms of discrimination.
 
• We stand with the Nigerian people, especially the parents and families of the abducted girls.

Join Us for Global Action Week: May 4 – 11

global_action_week_us_2013Global Action Week 2014 is May 4-11, 2014; this week is about highlighting some of the great work and events in the U.S. that support education for all. Global Action Week is also about showcasing the efforts happening around the world to ensure access to education.

The Working Group on Girls encourages everyone to get involved in this powerful week. Together, we can raise our collective voices and make a change for girls in our local and global communities.

Here is how you can get involved this week:

1. Join the #girlsdreambig Twitter Chat on May 6th 2PM – 3PM EST and share your ideas about how new media and technology breaks barriers for girls’ education. Sponsored by:  Girls GlobeLet Girls Lead, and Global Campaign for Education, US Chapter

2. Participate in the Passion to Action Google Hangout on May 8th 1PM – 2PM EST to learn about how women advocate for change in education. Sponsored by Girls GlobeGenYNot, and Global Campaign for Education, US Chapter

3. Following the conversation on social media

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Want to end human trafficking? Here’s how

The Girls Against Violence taskforce is active in fighting one of the main forms of gender-based violence –human trafficking.  This human rights crime is estimated to affect more than 20 million people worldwide.  Most of its victims are women and girls; and 95% experience violence as a result.

Most countries have adopted laws indicating that human trafficking is a crime.  But it’s not enough.  The trafficking business is still estimated to be a $32 billion industry.  And while many programs and strategies recognize the importance of helping the victims, until the demand for trafficked human beings is materially decreased or eliminated, trafficking will continue to be a lucrative endeavor.

The Working Group on Girls is committed to ending human trafficking, particularly the trafficking of girls. Here: “WGG_Decreasing_the_Demand“ are some ideas on what can be done to deter and prevent demand.

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Reflections on CSW 58

At our April membership meeting, the Working Group on Girls shared our thoughts and impressions of CSW 58. Members reflected upon key events including: Teen Orientation, Girls Talk about the MDGs Panel, Girls Advocacy Roundtable, Inter-Generational Dialogue, and much more. WGG Girl Advocates similarly spoke about the powerful impact of girls’ participation for young people and adults alike. The following image represents a few of our collective experiences of CSW 58.

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Visualizing Progress for Girls in the MDGs

JuliaOn Thursday, 13 March 2014, WGG Girl Advocate Julia joined Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen, Dr. Anele Heiges and Dr. Pam Rajput for a WGG co-sponsored parallel event “Implementing Women and Girl’s Circles: A tool to vitalize progress with the Millennium Development Goals.” The event included a circle discussion for individuals to share with each other their progress, problems and solutions in achieving the MDGs for women and girls.

Julia added her voice to the conversation as a passionate Girl Advocate for girls’ human rights around the globe. You can read the full transcription of her presentation: here or you can watch the video.

Thank you to the co-sponsors of this fabulous event: Earth Child Institute, International Public Policy Institute, Women’s World Summit Foundation, Millionth Circle, Circle Connections, We are Enough, Gather the Women, and Women of Spirit and Faith.