Today, (7th) Plan Ireland published the latest in its series of State of the World’s Girls reports which are part of its Because I am a Girl campaign.
The report outlines how, that despite some improvements, there remains no country in the world where women have equal status or influence to men. It highlights how women still lag far behind their male counterparts in all significant indicators such as economic attainment, education accomplishment and political influence. It also shows that millions of women today are victims of violence and abuse.
The report entitled, “Pathways to Power” Creating a Sustainable Change for Adolescent Girls, is an initiative of Plan Ireland’s Because I am a Girl campaign. This is the eighth report in the series and is being published in the lead up to International Day of the Girl on 11 October.
Some of the report’s findings include
29% of adolescent girls and young women have experienced violence at the hands of their partners.
1 in 3 girls in the developing world are married by their 18th
Worldwide, women still earn between 10-30%less than men.
Globally, women make up only 9 per cent of parliamentarians, with only 19 female world leaders.
Of the 500 largest corporations in the world, only 25 have a female chief executive officer.
The report also makes a series of recommendations on how to transform the institutions that wield power and inhibit them from progressing.
Plan Ireland, CEO, David Dalton said:
“Girls face double discrimination because of their age and gender. Astonishingly, 70% of the one billion people living in extreme poverty are women and girls. This report scrutinises the power structures that contribute to this appalling reality and offers tangible solutions for change including:
Establishing specific government ministries for women.
Instituting dedicated courts for domestic violence.
Increasing the number of women in decision-making positions. It makes a difference to the law and its practice, and also enables women to become role models for girls and young women.
Instituting a UN Commission on Information and Accountability for Gender Equality. This would track progress on gender equality in the post 2015 agenda
Power struggles through history, from the early collective action for women’s votes to civil rights movements, from disability campaigns to trade union activism are long and usually painful. The struggle for gender equality and for girls’ rights, the carving out of their pathways to power, is no different
Plan Ireland believes that it’s time for a new approach to gender equality: one which addresses the question of power directly, and creates an enabling environment for all girls and women in the 21st century.”
Launching the report, Seán Sherlock TD, Minister for Development, Trade Promotion, and North South Co-operation said;
“Access to quality education empowers women and promotes better health and livelihood options for them and for their children. Despite progress over the last decade, the right to education is still denied to an unacceptably large number of girls today.
Irish Aid is committed to tackling such problems by making sure that girls can access quality education beyond primary schools and that women have a stronger voice in making decisions that affect them.
The International Day of the Girl provides an invaluable opportunity to raise awareness of and to promote the rights of girls worldwide. Plan Ireland’s Because I Am a Girl campaign makes a valuable contribution to these global efforts, and it is fitting that this year’s report should focus on “Pathways to Power” as its theme.”
The report was launched by Ms Justina Mutale, African Woman of the Year (2012), Minister, Seán Sherlock TD, Minister for Overseas Development Aid and Trade Promotion, David Dalton, CEO, Plan Ireland, and Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh, Because I am a Girl Ambassador.
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