This is what 1 million voices shouting together can do

This is what 1 million voices shouting together can do

ps_africa_1200x600_without_logo1 MILLION people around the world have stood with girls and women everywhere to say ‘Poverty is Sexist’, and asked our leaders to do something about it. Now that’s really hard to ignore.

We’ve been really busy making sure African leaders got your message.

When they met in Johannesburg for the 25th African Union Summit, we were there too.  I was able to meet with no less than 6 heads of state: President Buhari of Nigeria, President Kikwete of Tanzania, President Mutharika of Malawi, President Samba-Panza of Central African Republic, President Koromo of Sierra Leone, and President Lungu of Zambia.

  • ZambiaPresidentLungu
    President Edgar Lungu, Zambia, with ONE Africa Director Dr. Sipho Moyo. Photo: ONE
  • TanzaniaPresidentKikwete
    President Jakaya Kikwete, Tanzania, with ONE Africa Director Dr. Sipho Moyo. Photo: ONE
  • SierraLeonePresidentKoroma
    President Ernest Koroma, Sierra Leone, with ONE Africa Director Dr. Sipho Moyo. Photo: ONE
  • NigeriaPresidentBuhari
    President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria, with ONE Africa Director Dr. Sipho Moyo. Photo: ONE
  • MalawiPresidentMutharika
    President Peter Mutharika, Malawi, with ONE Africa Director Dr Sipho Moyo. Photo: ONE
  • CARPresidentSamba-Panza
    President Catherine Samba-Panza, Central African Republic with ONE Africa Director Dr. Sipho Moyo. Photo: ONE

I spoke with each leader about the importance and urgency of our campaign, and they agreed that we cannot end extreme poverty without tackling the gender inequality that persists in all their countries.

So what did they do? They heard you and acted.

Together they made a whole list of promises that will benefit girls and women in areas including health, agriculture, education, work and politics, with special emphasis on making sure these pledges are actually delivered. We’ll be watching to make sure they are.

It probably only took few seconds for our members to add their name to our campaign – but because so many of you did – it’s grown into a global movement that our leaders have to listen to. Now they are feeling the pressure and starting to act.

But we can’t stop now.

There are still big opportunities to change the future for millions of girls and women this year, and we’ll be asking for your help with that soon.

For now, show you’re proud to be part of this incredible campaign by sharing this graphic with your friends and family on social media.

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1 million of you say #PovertyIsSexist – now THAT’S hard to ignore. Here’s how African leaders have responded: http://bit.ly/1f0vzFW

Posted by ONE Africa on Wednesday, 1 July 2015

 

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