1 in 3 women will experience violence in her lifetime. And every year, 15 million girls are forced into marriage before they turn 18. Women earn 23% less than men doing the same jobs and have less access to credit and land.
Most women don’t know these statistics, but they know their impact and the need for change. In politics, education, human rights, the environment – women are shaking things up and making a difference in their communities, in their countries and in the world.
This year, International Women’s Day comes at a time of global agitation for women’s rights, equality and justice. This is a moment that screams for transformation and celebrates the activists and changemakers among us.
Women are in the centre of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Gender equality is both a goal in itself – Goal 5 – and a prerequisite for achieving all of the 17 SDGs. Achieving this global agenda will not be possible without investing in women and girls.
The time has come. The #TimeisNow for less talk and more action. Meet some of the women, among millions, who are changing the world.