By Hayley Gleeson and Ruben Pages
Over the past decade, we have made significant progress to advance girls’ rights to education, health, and security. Today, girls are more likely than ever to be in school, and to have access to life-saving health services including vaccinations. However, there is still much to be done. Girls are still born into a world where they face many layers of social and political disadvantage and discrimination. The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a landmark blueprint for advancing women’s rights, was adopted in 1995 and brought these issues to the global stage - but in 2014, marking its 20th anniversary, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon acknowledged that “overall progress (...) has been unacceptably slow, with stagnation and even regression in some contexts. Change towards gender equality has not been deep enough, nor has it been irreversible.”
Tracking Progress Towards 2030: Young people driving accountability for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has established an ambitious action plan to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, promote peaceful and inclusive societies, and to tackle climate change. Measuring the success of its implementation requires a renewed and strengthened global partnership to monitor progress. Young people’s meaningful engagement in accountability mechanisms is critical to ensure that their needs will be properly addressed and that their rights will be realized.
The global ACT!2015 meeting: Tracking Progress Towards 2030 held in Lusaka, Zambia from 7-11 December 2015, brought together youth representatives of national alliances to build capacity on Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) and indicator processes to ensure indicators on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and HIV are adopted in country and global reporting mechanisms.
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