Poverty is sexist.
We think it’s about time someone said it. No matter how you cut it – socially, economically, legally – girls and women in the poorest countries are being denied the chance to reach their full potential.
So will you help us do something about it?
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is hosting a meeting of the world’s most powerful leaders in just a few months. Which means she gets to decide what gets talked about and what gets acted on. But she’ll need to set the agenda soon.
Dear Chancellor Merkel,
This year we can commit to ending extreme poverty – but we will only achieve this if we unlock the full potential of millions of girls and women. I’m counting on you to take real action that leads to real change – prioritizing the countries and people that need it the most.
As we celebrate International Women’s Day today, it’s the perfect opportunity to reflect on what it means to be a girl or woman. Being born into extreme poverty is unlucky, unjust and unnecessary. But if you happen to be born female – well – you face an even harder life.
Sign our petition and show every girl and woman, no matter where they live, you’re on their side.
This isn’t just about doing what’s right – it’s about doing what’s smart. Unlocking the full potential of girls and women wouldn’t just transform their own lives, or even their families’ – it could help end extreme poverty for good. Because when women rise out of poverty, they take other people with them too.
The fight for equality is already on. In developing countries, thousands of girls and women are breaking down these barriers and achieving extraordinary things. But your voice can help turn personal victories into global ones.