While progress has been made globally on gender equality in achieving the Millennium Development goals (including equal access to primary education for girls and boys), women and girls continue to suffer from discrimination and violence in all regions of the world.
Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right but also a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. Regrettably, currently, one in five women and girls between the ages of 15 and 49 reported having been physically or sexually abused by an intimate partner over a 12-month period, and 49 countries currently have no laws protecting women.
Ensuring equal access of women and girls to education, health care, decent work and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will foster sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity as a whole.
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Every child in the world has the right to grow up healthy and safe, to develop his or her potential, to be listened to and taken seriously. Children’s rights are at the heart of our actions. Each of our programmes is a response to the implementation – in children’s daily lives – of their rights as defined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 20 November 1989. For the first time, rights have been recognized for all children throughout the world: the right to survival, development, protection, and participation.
Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but also a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. FXB’s fight against poverty therefore also involves fighting against gender discrimination and balancing gender relations so that women, who are more exposed to poverty, have access to the same economic and social opportunities.