This International Women’s Day, ONE is publishing its fourth annual #PovertyisSexist letter to world leaders, putting them on notice and asking them to deliver powerful changes for women and girls living in extreme poverty.
World leaders need to know that the fight for gender equality does not stop in our own backyards, and that this fight must include the girl denied an education in South Sudan, the farmer not allowed to own the land she works in Uganda, and the woman not allowed to bank the money she earns in Chad.
We’re living through an incredible moment in history and surrounded by inspiring examples of what is possible when people come together to call out injustice and say “no more.” These movements are changing conversations, changing culture, and changing laws. And it’s critical that the girls and women hit hardest by gender inequality — those living in extreme poverty — are not left behind.
None of us are equal until all of us are equal and we won’t stop campaigning until there is justice for women and girls everywhere.
Will you join us by adding your name?
This International Women’s Day, we’re putting you on notice.
For 130 million girls without an education. For one billion women without access to a bank account. For 39,000 girls who became child brides today. For women everywhere paid less than a man for the same work.
There is nowhere on earth where women have the same opportunities as men, but the gender gap is wider for women living in poverty.
Poverty is sexist. And we won’t stand by while the poorest women are overlooked.
You have the power to deliver historic changes for women this year. From the G7 to the G20; from the African Union to your annual budgets; we will push you for commitments and hold you to account for them. And, if you deliver, we will be the first to champion your progress.
We won’t stop until there is justice for women and girls everywhere. Because none of us are equal until all of us are equal.