I wanted to share with you some of the interesting things I discovered a few weeks ago at the UN Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW), where my agency MHPV partnered with the United Nations Youth Forum on gender equality.
Last year, the U.S. ranked 65th in wage equality among 145 countries. This year the US dropped down to 74th. I and other experts in the field believe this is because our fellow first world Nations are taking the needed action for change extremely seriously:
- Equal pay
- Equal promotions - overcoming the lack of trust to promote a woman into a decision maker role
- Equal access to capital
- Equal access to education and nutrition
- Protection from rape, with a focus on military rape, school rape and domestic rape
- Protection from physical violence against women and girls
- Protection for women leaders from a male dominated media
This March at the UN Headquarters, over 10,000 women and men came from around the globe to attend the landmark 60th meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW). Speakers and attendees expressed the progress being made on many fronts, including the serious and painful problems that plague our global society, such as the lack of laws/resolutions to protect women and girls from sex trafficking, and laws/resolutions to help girls to stay girls, instead of being forced into early marriage. To be inspired read the 2016 YouthCSW Declaration on Gender Equality and the Human Rights of Young Women and Girls generated by over 500 international youth attendees from 18 to 30 years old from over 200 countries.
The launch of the "I am a girl" music video by performer Tennille Amor, United Nations Planet 5050 Youth Champion
The 2016 campaign to elect the first female UN Secretary General in 70 years might just happen this time at the United Nations. UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri, Ravi Karkara Senior Advisor Strategic Partnership and Advocacy To the Assistant Secretary-General/Deputy Executive Director and Co-Chair of the IANYD (Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development), the CSW Chair Antonio de Aguilar Patriota Foreign Minister Patriota of Brazil showed their total commitment and their true passion to work on closing the pay gap by 2030.
I’d like to personally thank the MHPV ladies that volunteered their time to record this unique forum at United Nations which supports activated people who care about equality. Clockwise from top left: Cassandra Wages, Jessie MacLeod, Danielle Douglas, myself Maggie Hallahan, Rita Kreynin and Miranda Aaland. The World YWCA and Man Up Campaign are amazing social media partners.
Thank you for your interest and keep the explorations going,