A violation of justice
A girl born into poverty, enters one of the largest groups in the world to experience the lack of basic needs and human rights: poor women. In some countries, a cultural preference for sons means that daughters are less likely to survive until birth and may be neglected, abandoned, or even killed if they do. Viewed as less valuable than boys, girls who do survive infancy are more likely to be kept home from school and may be the last to receive food or medical care when resources are scarce. As they become women, many girls have limited opportunities and are often treated as property, receiving the message that they cannot have equitable partnerships with—and have less worth than—men and boys.
Women and girls in developing countries are often subjected to poverty and oppression as a result of traditional practices and worldviews that are harmful to their gender. Many are not entitled to own property or inherit land. Social exclusion, honor-based violence, female genital mutilation, trafficking, restricted mobility, and early marriage deny women and girls the right to health and increase the incidence of illness and death.
Women on the Agenda
In 1979, the United Nations General Assembly addressed the marginalization of women by adopting a bill of rights for the world’s women known as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Nevertheless, more than 30 years later, millions of women and girls still do not have equal opportunities to realize rights recognized by law.
The new Sustainable Development Goals, approved by UN member states on September 25 2015, and broader sustainability agenda, aim to address the root causes of poverty and inequality and the universal need for development that works for all people.
World Vision U.S. will directly support many of the Sustainable Development Goals. Ending extreme poverty is, and has long been, at the forefront of World Vision’s efforts – in the name of Christ.
The Time Is Now
When women and girls are given opportunities to thrive and resources to care for their families, their children get the chance for a healthier childhood and a brighter future—a change that bears fruit through generations. We must act now to secure a better future for the world’s girls and women.
By empowering girls and women to change their stories, we can help change the future—creating an environment in which they are respected, valued, and equipped to transform the world by helping to solve the challenges in their own communities.
World Vision will strongly and directly support the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: