‘Because I am a Girl’ is Plan’s global campaign designed to fight gender inequality, promote girls’ rights and lift millions of girls out of poverty. Across the globe, girls are at the bottom of the social ladder, deprived of the same opportunities as boys. For example,research has shown that girls are more likely to suffer from malnutrition; be forced into an early marriage; be subjected to violence or intimidation; be trafficked, sold or coerced into the sex trade; or become infected with HIV.
Take two minutes to watch this great video:
Here are two facts that motivated me to get involved:
Girls are less likely that boys to survive to their first birthday.
A woman or girl will reinvest 90% of her income into her family.
The other exciting news I was interested in this week was Kevin Rudd announcing that Australian has pledged $225 million dollars of foreign aid for women and children. This is great news and will be interesting to track how the UN’s “global strategy for women’s and children’s health” progresses over the next few years.
I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the difficulties faced by women being financially independent in old age. It seems I’m not the only one.
Marian Sawyer posted a great article on ABC’s The Drum about women and the 2010 election. In it she discusses the recent change in the number of women in parliament and the need for a successful ‘women’s policy’. Her argument for this is:
Low pay is just one of the factors contributing to gender inequality and poverty in old age. The skewed distribution of paid and unpaid work is another, with women still far more likely to have interrupted careers in the paid workforce. Men are in the paid workforce for an average of 39 years, women only for 20 years.
Given that I blogged recently on the number of women in Australian politics, and got such an interesting response from it, I thought that I should follow-up with the likely statistics from this month’s elections.
The Sunday Age published an article this weekend by Sarah Boseley from the Guardian about women in politics in Rwanda. By law women are required to fill 30 per cent of government seats. Rwandan women have gone further and now hold 56 per cent of seats. Rwanda is the only country where women make up 50 per cent or more of parliament. Continue reading →