Campaign theme is #BalanceforBetter
This International Women’s Day, we stand in solidarity with women on the front lines of the fight for gender equality.
Over forty inspiring gender activists from across the African continent, have co-signed this open letter to leaders. They’re demanding genuine progress, not grand promises.
Dear World Leaders,
We are the women at the frontlines of the fight against gender inequality and global poverty.
Every day we see the determination and dignity of girls and women facing down the toughest challenges. We see real advances and the power of people to achieve change. We won’t surrender this fight, but we need you to play your part.
You promised to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030, but at the current rate of progress, this will take 108 years. This is unacceptable. We need genuine progress, not grand promises.
We want implementation and accountability at every level – from this year’s G7 Summit to the Global Fund Replenishment; from our African Union leaders to our community leaders. We will be looking for your actions not your words; for funding to follow promises; and policy to turn into practice. It’s both the right and the smart thing to do for everyone.
To accelerate progress men must demand change with us so that we rise united not divided. And women must have a seat at the decision-making table – because you can’t change what you don’t see.
We’re not looking for your sympathy, we’re demanding your action. Because none of us are equal until all of us are equal.