World Leaders have committed to 17 Global Goals to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years. End extreme poverty. Fight inequality & injustice. Fix climate change. The Global Goals for sustainable development could get these things done. In all countries. For all people. – www.globalgoals.org
While I’m jazzed about a variety of the new Global Goals, Goal Number #5 has a special place in my heart and work:
Global Goal #5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
That is what we, the Peace Corps Nicaragua GAD Committee and community, are all about.
Countries, governments, partnerships, NGOs, and passionate individuals around the world are coming together to work towards Goal 5’s specific targets by 2030.
But setting a goal is only the first step in a long, long process. The goals are ambitious, some even say unattainable, but I feel that Goal 5 is worth our very best effort. Nothing is going to change unless we decide to work together and make it happen.
We’re working on various projects here in Nicaragua to reach this goal. Our camps (GLOW and CHACA), volunteer trainings, NGO partnerships, book clubs, blog posts, and more are making a real difference in the lives of women, girls, and all people involved in creating a more gender equitable world. But we’re only a handful of people. To make the Global Goals like Number 5 a reality, we need everyone’s help.
How can you help?
- Head to www.globalcitizen.org to sign up to be a Global Citizen. Check out their Girls and Women section to see recommended actions to support girls and women worldwide such as tweets to put pressure on global leaders, or petitions to sign.
- Give financial support to Peace Corps Volunteer projects around the globe, putting your donations into on-the-ground projects for real change and impact. (We will have a fundraising link live soon for Camp GLOW 2016.)
- Check out organizations that are working towards gender equality in your area. (US readers: The Miss Representation Project for example.)
- Be aware of any gender inequality in your workplace, family, and/or communities. One of the most powerful things we can do to promote equality is to help make others and ourselves aware of the inequalities around us.
Little actions, when multiplied globally, can make a huge difference.
Girls and women are essential to building healthier, better-educated and sustainable communities. Women and girls are too often afflicted with some of the harshest aspects of poverty. Instead of victims, women and girls can be powerful community leaders. – www.globalcitizen.org
Be a part of the solution. Be a part of the answer. Stand with us and Goal 5 to help women and girls around the world be leaders, problem solvers, and believe in themselves.
– Emily, TEFL 64