Global 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.
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.
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.
On 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.
On Friday, March 28th, WGG Girl Advocate, Anita joined the National Council of Women in the US for their annual conference at Cooper Union. The Conference was about the continuum of progress towards equality for all in the US. It brought together people from all backgrounds who care about the advancement and inclusion of women and girls in society. Prominent women and girls in the US shared how equal rights can be reached and inspired participants to take action.
Anita spoke about the unfinished business in the feminist movement and her role in ensuring that change happens today! Check out her powerful speech and get inspired to take action for women’s and girls’ rights in the US.