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five new champions join the shedecides movement
SheDecides has announced five new Champions, who have all played key roles in HIV/AIDS movements, these are:
Princess Mabel van Oranje, Chair of Girls Not Brides
Dr Bernard Haufiku, Minister of Health, Namibia
Dr Hatsumi Taniguchi, Board Member of the International Confederation of Midwives
Dr Senait Fisseha, Director of International Programmes at Susan Thompson Buffet Foundation
Vuyiseka Dubula, Director at Africa Centre for HIV & AIDS Management
“It is truly inspiring to see so many talented, engaging and passionate people join the SheDecides movement today as Champions,” said, Tikhala Itaye, Chair of the SheDecides movement.
“We are all united by the powerful words etched in our Manifesto: the world is better, stronger and safer when “She Decides”. I am looking forward to working with the new Champions and utilising their respective passions and expertise to create a new normal where SheDecides. Without question.”
la france est de retour! france is back!
The Government of France has pledged 10 million euros in the name of SheDecides - unlocking essential resources for women's sexual rights initiatives around the world!
The announcement was made by French Secretary of State in Charge of Gender Equality, Marlène Schiappa, at the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62) in New York on 14 March.
SheDecides welcomes and salutes the leadership of the French Government in adding their voice to the SheDecides movement by Standing Up and Speaking Out, committing to changing the rules and unlocking resources to ensure that everywhere and everyday SheDecides about her body and her future. Without Question!
Other leaders must heed the call and also take a bold step to champion the rights of girls and women to decide about their own bodies.
Vivre La France! #SheDecides #ElleDécide #WithoutQuestion
Read more: https://onu.delegfrance.org/La-France-est-de-retour-Le-feminisme-aussi
Le gouvernement de la France a pris la décision audacieuse de rejoindre le mouvement SheDecides, suivant l’exemple de pays tels que le Danemark, la Suède, l'Afrique du Sud, les Pays-Bas, le Canada, la Finlande et beaucoup d'autres pays qui défendent les droits sexuels et reproductifs des femmes et des filles partout dans le monde.
L'annonce a été faite lors de la 62ème session de la Commission sur la Condition de la Femme (CSW62) à New York cette semaine où la Secrétaire d’État Francaise chargée de l’Égalité entre les femmes et les hommes, Marlène Schiappa a promis 10 millions d'euros au nom de SheDecides par son gouvernement.
SheDecides salue le leadership du gouvernement français qui ajoute sa voix au mouvement SheDecides en se levant et en parlant, en s'engageant à changer les lois et encore plus important, en débloquant des ressources pour assurer que partout et chaque jour, #ElleDecide sur son corps et son avenir. Sans à en repondre! C'est aussi un appel à d'autres Leaders Mondiaux à faire un pas audacieux pour être comptés parmi les Défenseurs des droits des femmes et des filles.
Vivre La France! #SheDécides #ElleDecide #WithoutQuestion
the world puts its weight behind the rights of young women and adolescent girls
8 March 2018
Governments, not-for-profit organisations, community leaders, and business leaders in cities across the world have spent the past few days unpacking and challenging the rules, laws, policies and myths that block young women and adolescent girls from making decisions about their bodies, their lives and their futures. Events to celebrate the first ever SheDecides Day were organised in Afghanistan, Australia, Belgium, India, Kenya, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Namibia, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Switzerland, Uganda, the UK and the US.
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!