GCAP Statement for the International Women’s Day – 8 March 2020 Sunday March 8th, 2020
The fight against gender inequality is fundamental for the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP). Justice, equality and the end of poverty will be achieved only if gender inequality ends.
We are calling for global solidarity, to fight against violence against women and girls, and to end patriarchy in political and economic decisions in times of shrinking civic space and climate emergency.
In GCAP’s “Faces of Inequality” campaign members from 58 national coalitions and diverse constituency groups demand decisive actions for tax justice and decent work, comprehensive social protection, increased resource allocation for health, and education and other social services to support sexual reproductive and health rights for all women and girls. Governments have to uphold human rights for all in the pursuit of the Agenda 2030. This includes the protection of civic space and human rights, especially for Women Human Rights Defenders.
Many women and girls face multiple discriminations: Indigenous women; women from religious, political and sexual minorities; women discriminated against based on work and descent; women with disabilities; and older women, refugees and migrant women. GCAP fights together with these different groups for their rights as part of one global movement for justice.
This year for the International Women’s Day 2020 GCAP calls together with women and girls with disabilities, for the adoption of disability-inclusive policies and immediate implementation of all legal measures to ensure our empowerment and participation. This is a call started by our Coalitions in Africa. As Global GCAP, the general lack of protection and respect of too many women and girls in the world, we want to raise this year a special call to end gender based discrimination and violence, in line with the provisions of the Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Let’s make the Convention, and all regional and national legislation effective in making our countries inclusive for all.
Please see our message against discrimination of women with disabilities on the International Women Day in this link.
Social Media Action: Please join us on International Women’s Day and share your photo demanding equality by showing the = sign with your arms (like in the photo above and below above) and tell us your demand for equality on social media! So put your arms out front and STRIKE THE #EachforEqual POSE to motivate others and to make International Women’s Day YOUR day.
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