Igualdade de Gênero e o Futuro da Terra

NOVA YORK – Vinte anos atrás, a adesão de 189 países à Declaração e Plataforma de Ação de Pequim marcou uma virada na história dos direitos da mulher. Este projeto progressista ainda é uma fonte importante de inspiração nos esforços para alcançar oportunidades iguais para mulheres e meninas.

Mas, embora muito progresso tenha sido feito nas décadas seguintes, ainda há muito o que fazer para assegurar que mulheres e crianças tenham vidas saudáveis, educação e inclusão social completa. Em apenas 42 países, as mulheres ocupam mais de 30% das cadeiras na legislatura nacional, e as meninas ainda não têm as mesmas oportunidades de educação que os meninos na África Subsaariana, Oceania e oeste da Ásia.

A igualdade de gênero não é apenas uma preocupação de metade da população mundial; é um direito humano e uma preocupação de todos, porque nenhuma sociedade pode se desenvolver – economicamente, politicamente ou socialmente – quando metade da sua população é marginalizada. Não podemos deixar ninguém para trás.

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