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SheDecides Day - March 2nd 2018
A Day to Stand Up and Speak Out to Say Yes, SheDecides. Without Question.
On March 2nd 2017, global leaders banded together behind the rallying cry of SheDecides to defend girls and women’s rights to control what happens to their bodies, their futures and their lives. One year later, there will not just be one event in one country – there will be hundreds, in many shapes and sizes, all over the globe. By standing up strongly and speaking out loudly, it sends a clear message that every girl and woman should be able to decide whether, when, and with whom she has sex, falls in love, marries or has children.
For this to happen – as friends of SheDecides, you are invited to plan and participate in events in your local area on March 2nd. Toolkits to help you will be available soon – but in the meantime, start getting creative and think about how you might participate. Think everything from a concert, a rally, a dinner party, a panel discussion, an art show, or anything in between.
Friday, March 2nd 2018. SheDecides Day. Start planning now!
Global gag rule 6 month review - a moment to stand up and speak out
On 15 May 2017 the United States State Department announced that it would conduct a review of the “effectiveness and impact” of the expanded Global Gag Rule (GGR) over the next six-months. Read statement from SheDecides here.
Dozens of non-governmental organisations, governments and others submitted information and evidence on how, because of this policy, women and girls around the world are being denied their right to decide about their bodies, their lives and their futures.
The Review was released on 7 February 2018 and can be viewed here.
revised sex ed. guidelines launched.
January 10, 2018
Young people should be provided with all the information they need to learn about their bodies, about healthy relationships and how to have a safe and happy sex life. Without judgement, without question, without fear.
Yesterday the Revised International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education was launched by UNESCO (with UNAIDS, UNFPA, UN Women and World Health Organization (WHO)), presenting evidence-based recommendations advocating for full, comprehensive sex education for all young people. The updated guidance “reaffirms the position of sexuality education within a framework of human rights and gender equality.” It is clear that understanding your body, your rights and your options is essential, and should never be denied. Comprehensive sexuality education is integral to ensuring SheDecides, and we hope these guidelines are embraced and implemented internationally.
Read the full report by UNESCO with UNAIDS, UNFPA, UN Women and World Health Organization (WHO) here.
Lilianne Ploumen awarded Machiavelli Prize for creating SheDecides
January 9. 2018
Congratulations to Lilianne Ploumen for winning the Machiavelli Prize for creating the SheDecides movement! The Dutch prize acknowledges remarkable achievements in the field of public communications.
The jury applauded the pace and determination of the movement, saying: "Within less than six weeks, a worldwide movement of countries, funds and individuals in favour of the self-determination of women and girls has arisen". Massive applause for Lilianne for taking the initiative to stand up, speak out and take us closer to a world where #SheDecides, without question.
Happy New Year.
January 1, 2018.
2017 was one rollercoaster of a year. On 21 January, millions of women and men around the world walked in the Women’s March. On 23 January, President Trump signed the expanded Global Gag Rule. The very next day, Dutch Minister Lilianne Ploumen announced the creation of SheDecides and put €10 million on the table.
Since then, we have moved from having those two words as a uniting rallying cry, to a successful conference on 2 March, to a movement with a crystal clear manifesto, signed by 40,000 Friends and 140 organisations.
SheDecides now is led by 36 Champions from all over the world, ranging from ministers to youth leaders who alongside our Friends are committed to Standing Up and Speaking Out, Changing the Rules and Unlocking Resources (€ 390 million so far!). The time has never been more right to work together to create a new normal: a world where every girl and woman can decide what to do with her body, her life and her future. Without question.
The SheDecides Support Unit wishes all the Friends and Champions a very happy 2018 - filled with action, so that #SheDecides!