Girls' rights manifesto
How individuals, organisations and networks can come together as a movement to harness the ambition of the Global Goals and create sustainable change for girls worldwide.
Girls' rights framework
International law safeguards the rights of everyone. The women's and children's rights conventions acknowledge that girls face specific risks and require unique protection and empowerment. But there are few direct mentions of girls in key international human rights instruments. If we are to ensure girls are not left behind, an important first step is to ensure girl-specific rights are recognised, and realised as human rights.
Around the world young leaders and and activists are mobilising for action and political change to achieve justice and rights for girls. Delivering on the ambitious 2030 Agenda commitments for girls means challenging social norms and power relations. It can only happen by strengthening the movement for girls' rights. We must empower and develop new allies – including boys and young men – while supporting girls and young women already at the front lines demanding their rights.
The Global Goals contain ambitious commitments to girls agreed by 193 governments at the global level. But these are just words until each national government works with civil society and girls themselves to ensure its own policies, investments, and actions are on track to meet the goals for all girls by 2030.
Data and Evidence
Millions of girls are ‘invisible’ to governments and policy makers because they are not being counted. The 2030 Agenda promises to leave no one behind. But millions of girls and women will continue to be ignored in 2030 unless we have more gender-sensitive data to drive decisions and investments that can transform their lives. In most countries, data are not regularly being collected for more than half of the official indicators for the Global Goals.
The Global Goals provide a common agenda for governments, the private sector and civil society to work in partnership to drive transformative change for girls. Partnership is critical to the work we do, and we must forge innovative collaborations to address the complex challenges that girls face.
Realising the ambition of the Global Goals for girls requires heavy investment. The gap between the ambition and resources currently committed is stark. Reaching targets for education will require an additional $250 billion investment annually. Pregnancy-related care needs for women and children worldwide will cost $28 billion annually, a 100% increase. Preventing a single child marriage, of the 39,000 that take place every day, costs between $300 and $600. To meet our gender-sensitive targets, we need a major shift, in which increased domestic resources are complemented by overseas development assistance and private investments.