Press release: Global Citizens stood up for gender equality and education — and world leaders took action

Over 2.1M actions led to commitments worth $7.75B, set to affect the lives of 254M.

Date: Sunday, September 30, 2018

Global Citizen Festival in New York on 29 September, 2018. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown
Global Citizen Festival in New York on 29 September, 2018. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

After a year of experiencing a world where existing progress in gender equality policies has been threatened, Global Citizens took a stand and world leaders heard them. This year’s Global Citizen Festival saw some significant commitments made in the areas of gender equality and education and the overall pledge from all the commitments was the second highest achieved from any Global Citizen Festival. Just proving that world leaders are heeding the call of Global Citizens and taking action to end extreme poverty.

In the two months leading up to Global Citizen Week, Global Citizens took over 2.1 million actions to urge world leaders to take a stand against extreme poverty. This resulted in 17 commitments, 20 announcements, and 20 calls to action set to affect the lives of 254 million people. 

Girls and women

384,787 actions delivered eight commitments and announcements valued at $7.1 million. 116,000 lives set to be affected.

LEVEL THE LAW:

UN WOMEN: Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka reaffirmed UN Women’s commitment to ensuring that by 2030 all laws treat women and men equally. 

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka speaks at Global Citizen Festival in New York on 29 September. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka speaks at Global Citizen Festival in New York on 29 September. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

“Our strategy on Equality in Law will support governments in their efforts to change discriminatory laws. But we also need you—women and men, boys and girls—to work together and call on leaders to level the law. Together we must create a world where the equal rights of women and girls are recognized as essential, rooted in law, and lived in reality.” – Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women

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