We just read the address by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at ECOSOC Youth Assembly, and this excerpt stuck with us:
One in three girls will experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime.
Every minute, a young woman is infected with HIV.
Eight hundred women are dying in childbirth each day. Young women are particularly vulnerable due to the gaps in health care and reproductive rights.
Less than 6 per cent of parliamentarians are under 35 years, and only 1 in 5 is a woman.
The evidence shows that inequality does not just hold back young people, or women and girls.
It damages communities and cripples nations.
We invite you to take a moment to read the entire address here. It’s worth 3 minutes of your time and more.