on Fri, January 11, 2013 at 02.22 pm
January 2013-Inequalities faced by girls
11-18 January 2013
Inequalities faced by girls (UNV/Canadian Crossroads International)
Dear friends and colleagues,
Since the beginning of our discussion on Young People and Inequalities in the post-2015 development agenda several posts mentioned that gender inequality impedes economic and social development.
Inequalities faced by young people take a specific shape when they are addressed through a gender lens. Girls and young women often suffer from gender specific discrimination and disadvantages due to cultural, economic and social reasons.
Therefore, we would like to focus the discussion of the coming week on inequalities faced by girls. We invite you take part in this online discussion, co-moderated by the UN Volunteers programme and Canadian Crossroads International, taking place from 11 January to 18 January 2013.
The discussion is an opportunity to discover how girls and young women can proactively change their traditional roles in society. We would like recognition of the role of girls as valuable members of society and as agents of change. When provided with the opportunity to experience new roles and take on new responsibilities, they are not only in a better position to actively contribute to their communities, but also to receive greater recognition for their contribution and develop their self-esteem. Improving the situation of girls will ultimately improve the well-being of society as a whole.
To kick off the conversation, we invite you to respond to the following questions:
1. What are the inequalities faced by girls in their societies and why do these gender inequalities exist?
2. What actions are successfully challenging these gender inequalities?
3. How can the civic engagement of girls help redress the inequalities that they face in society?
To share your thoughts and experiences, please post your response to the discussion questions in the comments box below. Comments are welcome in any of the sixty languages supported by Google Translate.
We look forward to hearing from you on how to address inequalities faced by girls in the post-2015 development agenda.
Kazumi Ikeda-Larhed, United Nations Volunteers
Karen Takacs, Canadian Crossroads International