"The most terrible human rights abuse unaddressed is the abuse of women and girls..." Jimmy Carter
The Elders mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women by highlighting some of the challenges facing women and girls including female foeticide, child marriage, sexual violence and equal participation; and call for increased public awareness as a catalyst for action.
"Legislation is absolutely ineffective if the government is unable or unwilling to support it with state social policy."
After several brutal and high-profile attacks on women in India and Pakistan, human rights lawyer Hina Jilani speaks to BBC World News about tackling gender violence.
“Soldiers feel this is one of the perquisites of victory – to abuse women and even tiny girls and children – just to prove that they are superior.”
In a video message to a major summit on sexual violence taking place this week, Jimmy Carter argues that ending impunity for these crimes must become an international priority.
"We should not wait another generation or two for women to be on an equal footing with men."
As G7 leaders meet this week, Gro Harlem Brundtland deplores the lack of women represented at the top level, calling for stronger efforts to promote gender equality. First published in Quartz.
“Child brides have no say in when or whom they marry. They usually drop out of school and miss out on the opportunities they need to thrive.”
Ahead of the International Day of the Girl Child, a new video from Girls Not Brides shows how child marriage holds girls back, and how we can work together to end it.
"With political will, appropriate investments, and programmes tailored to local settings, we can bring an end to child marriage by 2030."
With discussions underway about the post-2015 development framework, Graça Machel, Gunilla Carlsson and Emilia Pires write in The Lancet that to address global poverty, we need to invest in girls.
“Empowerment is not a thing that can be given or taken back… when women do things, then that brings the empowerment.”
In a video interview with UNICEF, Ela Bhatt discusses how she thinks child marriage can be stopped, how women can be empowered, and how much the status of women in India has progressed.
“This was a hidden issue, only two years ago.”
Mary Robinson discusses The Elders’ campaign to end child marriage as both a moral imperative in its own right, and as a global development and foreign policy priority, at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.
Mary Robinson has been in Addis Ababa for the binannual meeting of the Gender is My Agenda Campaign, to meet Sudanese and South Sudanese women leaders, and stress the importance of involving women in the peace process between the two nations.
“Every three seconds, another girl becomes a child bride.”
11 October marks the first ever International Day of the Girl Child: a chance to amplify the voice of millions of girls everywhere being married off before the age of 18. Join Mary Robinson and Desmond Tutu in celebrating Day of the Girl. Help us end child marriage.