UK launches new global women, girls strategy

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AMMAN — Women and girls will now be placed at the heart of the UK’s international work, with a new strategy that will tackle gender inequality across the globe, according to a press statement.اضافة اعلان

Launched on International Women’s Day, the new strategy will set out how the UK will work to tackle global gender inequality at every opportunity, including combatting attempts to roll back women’s rights, and work with partners around the world to do the same. For the first time, this strategy commits the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) to focus more than 80 percent of its bilateral aid programs on gender equality by 2030.

Progress towards gender equality is increasingly under threat. Climate change and humanitarian crises continue to disproportionately affect women and girls, there are attempts to backtrack on women’s rights including in countries like Iran and Afghanistan, sexual violence is happening in conflicts in Ukraine and elsewhere, and violence against women is growing online.
We’re ramping up our work to tackle the inequalities which remain, at every opportunity.”
“Advancing gender equality and challenging discrimination is obviously the right thing to do, but it also brings freedom, boosts prosperity and trade, and strengthens security — it is the fundamental building block of all healthy democracies,” said UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly.

“Our investment to date has improved lives around the world, with more girls in school, fewer forced into early marriage and more women in top political and leadership roles. But these hard-won gains are now under increasing threat. We’re ramping up our work to tackle the inequalities which remain, at every opportunity.”

The plan commits the FCDO to involving its entire network of high commissions and embassies around the world to deliver the strategy. 

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