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It’s a fact: ensuring women and girls have the same rights and opportunities as men and boys is essential to creating peace, security, and prosperity around the world. And yet, critical barriers, or ceilings, persist — preventing women and girls from reaching their full potential.
This week, No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project, an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, released The Full Participation Report and NoCeilings.org, an analysis of 20 years’ worth of data from more than 190 countries.
The report and data visualization both provide a clear picture on the status of gender equality today, showing us where we have made progress and where ceilings still exist. We hope this will not only be a benchmark of the current status of women and girls, but also a tool for the next generation of change makers to help break through those final ceilings that still remain.
Why? Because we know that progress is possible. More importantly – we’ve measured it. Women and girls have made some impressive gains over the last 20 years. For example, girls and boys are entering elementary school at nearly equal rates worldwide; the rate of women who die during childbirth or because of complications related to pregnancy has nearly been cut in half since 1995; and more legal protections guarantee gender equality in no uncertain terms.
Be the Change
There’s no doubt that the world has made a lot of progress in the last several years, but for girls and women, there’s still work to do.
Check out our great partners below who are doing important work on this issue.
1 in 3
women worldwide has experienced physical or sexual violence
of the 774 million people worldwide who are illiterate are women
are twice as likely to be out of school as urban girls and rural boys
See who's making a difference
Girl Rising is a global campaign for girls’ education.We use the power of storytelling to share the simple truth that...
Women Thrive Worldwide advocates for change at the U.S. and global levels so that women and men can share equally...
Rescue thousands. Protect millions. Prove that justice for the poor is possible.
#ONEderWoman of the Week: Anna Lemberger
This week’s #ONEderWoman is our very own Anna Lemberger. She has been instrumental in the development of and content for this Girls and Women page. Her dedication to our team and her commitment to girls’ and women’s issues inspires and motivates us every day. We are sad (for us) and happy (for her) to say she has been recruited away from us to new adventures. We will miss her but know that she has a seriously kick-ass future ahead of her.
Beyond this page, Anna has also been prolific in creating new content for the ONE site in general. Here are a few of our faves: “11 standout moments for girls and women in 2014,”“12 Quotes that will make you think, laugh, and want to change the world,” and “The ‘give back’ wedding.”
So to Anna: you will always be our #ONEderWoman! Thanks for you!
Help tell the stories of the girls and women all over the world doing amazing things. Be sure to include a link to their story in your nomination!
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At just nine years old, Ellie, a young knitting enthusiast, became the face of her very own nonprofit – KidKnits. Ellie was inspired by the hand-spun yarn she had received from Rwanda and wanted to find a way to buy more from these women yarn-makers and to share their product with others. Her entrepreneurial parents…
Kelly Ranck, who brought us the Amazing Africa posts from Kenya and South Sudan now brings us this gorgeous series of photos from Chad. Kelly works with World Concern, a Christian global relief and development agency extending opportunity and hope to people facing extreme poverty, and these photos highlight some of the recent work World Concern has done providing clean water, improved healthcare, food and education in Chad.
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