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Plan International along with other civil society, private sector and development organisations launch new partnership to monitor and drive progress on gender targets in the Sustainable Development Goals

Girls are counting on us to bring them out of the shadows

The world’s leading international rights, development, civil society and private sector organisations are coming together to launch a new partnership to monitor and drive progress on gender targets in the Sustainable Development Goals, also known as the Global Goals.

The joint initiative, led by Plan International, and supported by the International Women’s Health Coalition, KPMG and the ONE Campaign will be launched at the global Women Deliver Conference taking place in Copenhagen from 17th May to 19th May.

As all countries, including Ireland, begin to implement the Global Goals, this new partnership will ensure decision-makers are held to account on promises to achieve true equality for girls and women over the next 15 years.

According to David Dalton, CEO of girls’ rights organisation Plan International Ireland,

More often than not, the data we need on girls and women doesn’t exist yet, is incomplete or is not being compiled effectively.

“Millions of girls are left invisible. They are in the shadows because we don’t have the right information to persuade governments to take steps to end abuse, child marriage and the early pregnancies that lead to thousands of maternal deaths.”

“There is growing global consensus that achieving gender equality will help us meet the targets in the Global Goals.”

“However, unless we have independent, verifiable data on the state of the world’s girls and women, progress will not be made for the millions of girls and young women left in the shadows of society,” added Dalton.

Making sure that women and girls were at the centre of the SDG agenda was a big victory for this community. But it’s hard to achieve ambitious goals without concrete plans, actions and reviews. Holding governments and organisations to account is as critical as the commitments they sign up to.

Together with global civil society and private sector partners, the initiative will utilise existing and new quantitative and qualitative data, and monitor strategically chosen gender-related SDG indicators to track the progress being made for girls and to ensure women’s and girls’ development and rights remain firmly on the agenda.

“There are no reliable worldwide figures on the number of girls under 15 years of age who become pregnant each year. With clear information we can identify where action needs to be taken so that girls can truly enjoy their rights to survive, learn, lead, decide and thrive,” said Dalton.

The partnership’s data tool is a successor to Plan International’s annual State of the World’s Girls report.  The data tracker will continue to use the power of women’s and girls’ voices through first-hand interviews and the use of innovative perceptions-based data.

This new tool will ensure decision-makers are doing all they can to achieve equality for women and girls,

The Global Goals, agreed at the United Nations in 2015 by all governments, promise girls and women equal rights and opportunities, including rights to health, to live free from violence and to enjoy economic freedoms.