Empowering Girls Is A Human Right and Part of Sustainable Development

Mar 19, 2014 2:00 PM ET

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Many of us are shaped by what we experience as a child. In high-income countries, girls have lives often full of possibilities and choices, while for those girls in in low- and middle-income nations, they live in a world fraught with harsh realities and limited choices. Right now, there has never been a better time to raise our voices in support of the health and empowerment of girls and women to ensure they are a top priority in global development. We need to build a world where girls’ and women’s rights are recognised as human rights, where access to sexual and reproductive health services is guaranteed to everyone, especially young people, and every pregnancy is planned.

The global community recognises that empowering women and girls is crucial, not only because it is a human right, but also an indispensable tool for addressing the unfinished business of the Millennium Development Goals and to advance sustainable development.

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