Although great strides are being made in women’s human rights, it seems the western world is ahead of both Asia and Africa. What we need is a massive effort in both continents to start improving conditions for the woman on the ground.
Social health issues and the crimes against women have a much larger prevalence in both Africa and Asia. The women groups and NGO's need institutions with authority to influence the local governments to increase their efforts to improve women’s standing in the poorer countries, as being done in the developed world. In Asia and Africa, where the situation for women is the worst, women’s health issues and women’s poverty are at an alarming state, sexual crimes are greater, violence against women is more frequent, and discrimination against women is more severe.
In order for women to fully participate in political and social life, it is important that the biggest issues connected to global social health are addressed. The most pressing issues are maternal health; dowry crimes; child brides and barter using girls; sex trafficking and forced prostitution; wartime rapes; feminized poverty; work exploitation and work trafficking; and female genital mutilation – all this in addition to violent crimes stemming from discrimination against women.
We believe that the next permanent Executive Director of UN Women must be selected from a region that has educated her socially in urgent human rights challenges. To improve womens standing, we need to lift-up those who are the most in need of justice.
We, therefore, respectfully urge you to select an executive director candidate from Africa or Asia, from a region of our world that has best equipped them for the job that so urgently needs to be done.
This petition is by the following NGO's, Women's organizations and groups, and their related Facebook pages and/or websites:
World Wide Women
https://www.facebook.com/pages/World-Wide-Women/317780334906293 / world-wide-women.org
Women for Palestine
Pashtun Organization for Women
Journey of Young Women
Stop the Worldwide War on Girls