The African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET) is a regional, membership-based NGO set up in 1988 to share information, experiences, ideas and strategies among African women’s NGOs to strengthen the capacity of women to participate effectively in the development of our continent. This is done through advocacy, capacity building, communication and networking.
As a Pan-African feminist network, we mobilize for collective action and amplify the voices and participation of Africa’s women and girls to enrichment the global gender equality discourse. With Equal Measures 2030 at the core of global aspirations to bridge the gaps of inequality and discrimination, women and girls will be treated as equal human beings… No “ifs”, no “buts!”
– Dinah Musindarwezo, Executive Director of The African Women’s Community and Development Network (FEMNET)
Asia-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW), a regional non-profit women’s organization based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, strives to enable women to be equal citizens in all aspects of their life by ensuring their sexual and reproductive health and rights are achieved.
At ARROW, we utilize monitoring and evidence generation as a political tool to hold governments, donors and international agencies accountable to national and international commitments. We hope our involvement with Equal Measures 2030 will help strengthen our collective voice by highlighting gender gaps in data and outcomes, measuring progress for girls and women and identifying evidence-based solutions that will allow us to further our work in the [Asia-Pacific] region.
– Siva Thanenthiran, Executive Director of the Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW)
The work of Equal Measures 2030 is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The foundation is committed to removing barriers so women and girls can thrive and to working with partners toward a world where every person has the opportunity to live a healthy and productive life.
Too often, women and girls are invisible, with no data or sexist data on the issues that disproportionately affect their lives. To make good on the promise of gender equality in the Sustainable Development Goals, we have to make girls and women visible. That’s why the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is proud to support Equal Measures 2030. The barriers to gender equality are deeply ingrained, and overcoming them will not be easy. But if we succeed, we will all benefit.
– Melinda Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Latin American and Caribbean Committee for the Defense of Women’s Right (CLADEM), is a network of women’s rights organisations and activists, which was established in 1987 in Costa Rica after a sequence of discussions at the 3rd World Conference on Women of the United Nations in Nairobi. CLADEM advances women’s human rights and gender equality issues by monitoring international treaties, proposing legislative reforms, undertaking research and training, and organising group actions where needed. Key to CLADEM’s ability to monitor legislation and gender-related policy, as well as undertake their own advocacy and campaign work, is data and evidence.
“If the data do not include girls and women, then they reproduce inequity. If the data do not include different regions, they also reproduce inequity. As CLADEM, we join Equal Measures 2030 because we believe that data is needed to drive accountability and shed light on the inequalities and realities that girls and women face.”
— Neesa Medina, Sociologist from CLADEM
Data2X is a collaborative technical and advocacy platform, housed at the United Nations Foundation and dedicated to improving the quality, availability and use of gender data in order to make a practical difference in the lives of women and girls. Data2X works to close gender data gaps, promote expanded and unbiased gender data collection, and use gender data to improve policies, strategies and decision-making in support of gender equality.
Our involvement in Equal Measures 2030 is motivated by a belief that civil society and private sector action is essential to generate greater demand for and use of gender data, particularly at the national level. We hope that by bringing our unique perspective and pairing it with the other partners’ longstanding expertise in advocacy for women’s and girls’ rights, we can help accelerate demand at the national level for the data we need to monitor progress for women and girls in the SDG era.
– Emily Courey Pryor, Executive Director of Data2X
International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) advances the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and young people, particularly adolescent girls, in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. IWHC furthers this agenda by supporting and strengthening leaders and organizations working at the community, national, regional and global levels, and by advocating for international and U.S. policies, programs and funding.
Unless women’s realities are at the core of reporting on the SDGs, we won’t be able to actually uphold their rights and improve their lives. In particular, I want to ensure that the perspectives of feminist groups and leaders are given a big platform, because women’s lived experiences and on-the-ground knowledge are often ignored or downplayed. Equal Measures 2030 is that platform.
– Françoise Girard, President of the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC)
KPMG International brings extensive cross-industry expertise in responding to today’s challenges and delivering bold solutions to meet the Global Goals. KPMG has a deep appreciation for the transformative impact of empowering women and girls. The company is engaged across the public and private sector in implementing solutions and working in partnerships that seek to create a more prosperous, resilient and inclusive world.
Closing the data gap is key to achieving gender equality across the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Bringing private sector data capabilities to the table can provide innovative approaches, best practices and resources to help overcome the challenges of missing or insufficient data. KPMG is proud to support Equal Measures 2030 in their mission to enable decision-makers to make evidence-based policy interventions that benefit women and girls – making sure that each counts and is counted.
– Timothy A. A. Stiles, Global Chair of International Development Assistance Services, KPMG
ONE Campaign is an organization of more than 9 million people around the world taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, and tackle gender inequality. ONE’s ‘Poverty is Sexist’ campaign aims to influence leaders to adopt the key policies and decisions that place girls and women at the heart of the global development agenda.
Equal Measures 2030 is well positioned to help get the right data into the hands of advocates who can use it. By bridging this gap and making data actionable, we’re excited that local organizations will be better equipped to fight injustice and influence policies that can maximize the potential of women and girls in their communities.
– Gayle Smith, CEO of ONE Campaign
Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. Striving for a just world, the organization works together with children, young people, supporters and partners to deliver significant change for girls and boys, putting a special emphasis on gender equality.
There is a gulf between what we know and what we should know about girls around the globe. If we are to achieve the ambition of the Sustainable Development Goals, we must have a far greater understanding of the lived realities of all those we represent, not just a select few. EM2030 will help us do just that and is an opportunity to shine a light on what it means to be a girl in today’s world. Put simply – data opens doors for girls.
– Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, CEO of Plan International
Women Deliver knows that when the world invests in girls and women, everybody wins. As a leading global advocate for girls’ and women’s health, rights and well-being, Women Deliver brings together diverse voices and interests to drive progress, particularly in maternal, sexual and reproductive health and rights. Women Deliver builds capacity, shares solutions and forges partnerships, together creating coalitions, communication and action that spark political commitment and investment in girls and women.
Equal Measures 2030 will give us – the global advocacy community – a wealth of information on the state of the SDGs as they relate to girls and women. Women Deliver is thrilled to have an accountability tool that complements the more formal tracking mechanisms already in place. My hope is that it will make technical information accessible to policymakers and advocates, thereby translating into policies and programs that improve the lives of girls and women.
— Katja Iversen, President/CEO of Women Deliver
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