|Since the turn of the century, the global community has madesignificant progress in addressing some of the world’s most pressing issues. The gender gap in primary education is narrowing, billions of people have gained access to better drinking water, and the number of maternal deaths has decreased dramatically. Yet, 836 million people are still living in extreme poverty, and women and girls around the world are suffering from discrimination, physical and sexual violence, and the horrors of forced labor and marriage.
We’re at a turning point in history: It’s time to celebrate the accomplishments of the past 15 years while recognizing that much more is still to be done.
On Sept. 25, representatives from many countries came together to establish the Sustainable Development Goals. These globally focused goals set a framework for nations to focus on ending poverty, achieving gender equality, and ensuring that all people—no matter where they live—have access to quality education, clean water, and sanitation, as well as creating opportunities for economic growth.
We know the issues of the world can at times feel overwhelming, but there is something you can do to be a part of this movement. By supporting the work of organizations dedicated to furthering the SDGs, whether by helping women farmers become leaders in their communities, allowing refugees to thrive in their new countries, or urging Congress to pass the International Violence Against Women Act, your voice can be heard and you can make a difference.
Join Global Citizen, Women Thrive, the International Rescue Committee, Walk Free, Food Tank, and Mercy Corps in calling for a more peaceful, just world, and take action below.