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It has been a year to celebrate progress, to call for scaling up action, to question what is hindering gender equality and to make a renewed commitment to empowering women and girls.
There has been some progress... but the issues of early marriage, female genital mutilation, early pregnancy... remain largely unchanged.
Founder of the Graça Machel Trust and Member of The Elders
We need the talent and insights of girls today to lead our businesses tomorrow.
That’s why expanding educational opportunities for girls isn’t charity. It’s a smart investment in a stronger global economy and in our future.
Daughter, mother, sister, concerned citizen, and CEO of PepsiCo
Creating a brighter future (p.46)
'The Unfinished Business of Girls’ Rights' brings together 14 prominent voices – including model and campaigner Liya Kebede, journalist and author Mariane Pearl, former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and former US President Jimmy Carter – hailing progress, but lamenting the fact that girls still face huge challenges.
“There is still no country in the world where there is real gender equality,” notes stateswoman Graça Machel.
Threshold moment for girls' rights
This is a threshold moment, the contributors write, where the gains made in maternal mortality, female education and legal protection under the umbrella of the Millennium Development Goals can be built upon by the Sustainable Development Goals, which have gender equality at their centre.
There is still no country in the world where there is real gender equality
The authors suggest 2015 could be the first year in history that forward momentum for girls and women’s rights is not immediately followed by a backlash. But without economic empowerment and equitable education, no further gains can be made.