On Friday, 24 July, World Goodwill was represented at a side-event of the post-2015 development planning on the Human Rights of Women and Girls. The focus was on the Global South regional perspectives from Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
There were three main points that were emphasized from all regions.
1) In many cases, the laws have been written and put in place in addressing issues of violence against women and girls, but the laws are not enforced.
2) Although goal #5 is “achieve gender equality and empower all [11183468_1743933142500155_2659331470972016041_n] women and girls,” it was the general consensus that violence against women and girls had much to do with other goals as well. Specifically, the goals to end poverty, improve health, and ensure education were viewed as an integral part of gender equality.
3) There was unanimous agreement that the means of implementation be included in the outcome document for the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda in September.