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The report entitled 10: How our future depends on a girl at this decisive age, is a timely call to action. Gender inequality is a real barrier to human rights and the most pressing obstacle to realizing the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Gender norms and practices place girls at a significant disadvantage. Relative to their brothers, many girls are less likely to have a substantive say in household decisions, including their education and health care, and are less likely to stay in school. They are more likely to be engaged in child labour, to be married before they turn 18, to experience violence, and, if pregnant, to suffer from complications related to pregnancy and childbearing.
While the obstacles these girls face seem overwhelming, appropriate and targeted support that prioritizes their empowerment can lead to sustainable and transformative change that can improve their well-being and, by extension, the well-being of their communities.
“Girls that are educated, healthy and empowered, can be unstoppable. Young women have the potential to change not just their futures, but ours. If we support them, if we put them at the heart of our actions and remove the obstacles in front of them, they can make a true difference for themselves and their communities,” says Minister Bibeau.
The global community must work together to ensure that women and girls, notably 10-year-old girls, are empowered and in charge of their own health, their own livelihoods and their own futures. A range of legal, policy and investment options are available to governments. Continued political will is required. Options include eliminating harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage, providing age-appropriate comprehensive sexuality education to girls approaching puberty , for treat ed brand kamagra , ending all forms of discrimination against girls in laws and policies, and ensuring girls have access to youth-friendly health services.
“We’re pleased to see Canada make explicit its commitment to supporting a comprehensive package of sexual and reproductive health services and information.” says Sandeep Prasad Executive Director of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights. “Needed now, more than ever, is support for individuals and organizations fighting for gender equality and women’s rights – including sexual and reproductive rights.”
“How we invest in and support 10-year-old girls today will determine what our world will look like in 2030,” says UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin. “With support from family, community and nation, and the full realization of her rights, a 10-year-old girl can thrive and help bring about the future we all want.”
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UNITED NATIONS POPULATION FUND (UNFPA) is an international development agency that promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity. UNFPA supports countries in using population data for policies and programmes to reduce poverty and to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV, and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect. For more information, visit www.unfpa.org
GLOBAL AFFAIRS CANADA is responsible for the conduct of Canada’s international relations, including foreign affairs, international trade and commerce, and international development. Global Affairs Canada advances Canada’s values and interests internationally, delivers international programs, and administers Canada’s international assistance program to reduce poverty in the developing world and provide humanitarian assistance. For more information, visit: www.international.gc.ca
ACTION CANADA FOR SEXUAL HEALTH & RIGHTS is a progressive, pro-choice charitable organization committed to advancing and upholding sexual and reproductive health and rights in Canada and globally. For more information, visit www.sexualhealthandrights.ca