“No girl should be robbed of her childhood, her education and health, and her aspirations. Yet today millions of girls are denied their rights each year when they are married as child brides”, Michelle Bachelet, M.D., Executive Director of UN Women.
According to United Nations…
I know I say this a handful of times, but the UN is doing it right. The UN is fast becoming the place in the world where individuals can speak frankly about very serious problems affecting our world. I go back and forth on Ban Ki-moon and the leadership teams at the UN; but this post, combined with this week’s discussion that GENDER, as a whole, should become an individual priority within the Millennium Development Goals are for your attention. Yes, the same agenda that insists on access to sanitation, clear water, basic education, maternal care, for all by 2015, should include gender development as an individual agenda item.
I agree with the critics, the UN’s mechanism for action is weak, underfunded, undersupported, and at some times, yes, questionable. But international governance is pretty new, people, and we’ve got to start somewhere. We’re not talking about the 400+ year-old nation-state. We’re talking about the idea of an institutional where leaders can meet and discuss issues that construct a barrier to peace.
We cannot agree on action without first allowing the full conversation to take place. The UN is a place for that. And despite a few bumps, most notably the inability of the UN and former Secretary-General Kofi Annan to prevent the 2003 US/UK invasion of Iraq, the UN provides a space where individuals can speak frankly about injustice and have heard their cries for peace.