Protect the human rights of women and girls everywhere

Women Deliver SDG ActionTeodora, a young mother in El Salvador, is serving a 30-year prison sentence for “aggravated homicide” after suffering a stillbirth.

Like most girls in Tanzania, Rahema never had  the chance to learn about sex education. When she got pregnant at age 16, she was considered a “bad influence” and forced to quit school.

In Nepal, Nirmala was married at age 13 to a man who beat her. At 14, she had her first child.

Teodora, Rahema and Nirmala are among the millions of girls and women whose sexual and reproductive rights are violated every day.

That’s why world leaders came together at the UN in 2015 and promised to provide universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights. This was part of an ambitious set of 17 global targets, called the Sustainable Development Goals, to end poverty, fight inequality, and address climate change by 2030.

To make these goals a reality, governments must be held responsible for their commitments through strong accountability measures at the global and national levels.

Join us in calling on all UN Member states to match their bold promises in the Sustainable Development Goals with robust plans for monitoring and reviewing progress—in order to protect the human rights of all, especially women and girls.

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Re: Protect the human rights of women and girls everywhere

To UN Member States,

To succeed in lifting billions out of poverty, I believe all governments--from the wealthiest to the poorest--must be held responsible to their people and the global community for their commitments under the UN Sustainable Development Goals. They must match their bold promises to "leave no one behind" with real progress by:

Providing the entire spectrum of sexual and reproductive health care services, information and education-- including safe abortion and birth control methods--so that all women and girls can make choices about their sexuality and the number, timing and spacing of their children free from force;

Creating clear country level targets to measure progress on reducing maternal death and injury, and providing the full range of sexual and reproductive health care information and services--with a special focus on vulnerable groups;

Taking steps to eliminate early and forced marriage and other harmful practices, and to tackle gender-based violence and discrimination;

Building effective and meaningful ways to monitor progress, including through national reviews carried out at least once every four years. This process should address the concerns of those affected, especially marginalised and vulnerable communities, correcting setbacks along the way;

Participating in global level evaluations, including the High level Political Forum and the UN human rights reviews.

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