This petition is asking for the Australian Government's bipartisan support for UN High Level Panel’s Recommendation that the Post2015 UN Development Goals include the Goal to “Empower Girls and Women to Achieve Gender Equality”.
Presented to the Secretary General on the 30th of May this year, this goal includes the crucial sub goals of:
a. Prevent and eliminate all forms of violence against girls and women
b. End child marriage
c. Ensure equal right of women to own and inherit property, sign a contract, register a business and open a bank account
d. Eliminate discrimination against women in political, economic, and public life
As the recommendation states "Far too many women continue to face oppression and deeply embedded discrimination....Half of the world’s people are women – and a people-centred agenda must work to realise their equal rights and full participation..."
Australian Girl Guides and our community in Australia and across the world know that the key to eliminating poverty worldwide is educating girls and women, providing them with equitable access to income, and having girls and women involved in decision making at the local and national level.
The world that we want for girls is one where they are free from violence, able to determine their own destiny and respected as equal citizens.