As part of its Racism. It Stops With Me campaign, the Australian Human Rights Commission has released this fantastic song and film clip, ‘What you say matters’, written and performed by Indigenous hip-hop artist Brothablack and featuring students from James Meehan High School in Macquarie Fields, South West Sydney. We love it!
Gender equality is essential for sustainable development, and ending child marriage is an important part of this work. The UN Secretary-General's High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda has released its report, which contains a stand-alone goal on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. The Panel has recommended that one indicator of progress on this goal should be achieving achieving an end to child marriage.
Child, early and forced marriage is a grave threat to the lives and prospects of young girls. Today, a cross-regional statement on child, early and forced marriages initiated by the European Union and the African group (and joined by Australia) was delivered at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. The statement had the support of over 100 States. It follows a side event at the Human Rights Council hosted by the World YWCA and Plan International
Another huge day today at the International Leadership Institute in Bangkok; we again started with parallel sessions. I attended the session on sexual reproductive health and rights facilitated by Jo Salivarin from UNFPA . The session was called "Young People's Potential - what's sexual reproductive health got to do with it?" She showed us some very sobering statistics about adolescent pregnancies, child marriage, unsafe abortions, and the lack of education and knowledge about HIV in remote areas.
More news from YWCA Australia’s Co-President, Emma Bird, from the World YWCA Leadership Institute in Bangkok: Today began with some reflections from our excursion to the other YWCAs. Delegates were impressed with the variety of programmes for all ages and especially the practical ways that they help people by giving them life skills so that they can be independent.