Why is Half the Sky missing? Why are women not part of the most important dialogues on world peace? Why is it that women work 2/3 of the world’s working hours and produce 1/2 the world’s food, yet they earn only 10% of global income?
Women play a key role in supporting their households and communities in achieving food security, generating income and overall natural resource management. They are the backbone of agriculture and rural enterprises, fuelling local and global economies. Yet women continue to be excluded from the development agenda.
What is truly horrifying is that even so called 'empowered' women - from politicians to celebrities, are being erased. An epitome of 'Half the Sky' being missing is reflected in the lack of female Oscar nominees, the even fewer women of color or ethic-background, either as actors or as directors, screenwriters, cinematographers.
In my opinion, this is dangerous not because of gender-inequality,low resilience to economic & environmental shocks or wide-spread global oppression of women - this is dangerous because the world is missing out on an opportunity. An opportunity to make women part of the solution to development challenges. It has already been established that climate change is not gender neutral, that gender lens investing can drive forward the MDGs and that women empowerment can magnify multi-generational impact.
The world must not forget half the sky unless it wants to continue living in darkness.
There's a weird and disconcerting trend that I've noticed in the past few weeks. Women are being erased. From boardrooms to politics -- and this month, history. But it was another image altogether that stoked controversy. Conservative Orthodox Jewish newspaper HaMevaser ('The Announcer') stands accused of Photoshopping out German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Chief Frederica Mogherini, and cropping out Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt. Thousands of miles away, women were being erased in an even more shocking way. In Nigeria, 2,000 men women and children were slaughtered by terrorist group Boko Haram. This follows on from the group's kidnapping of 185 women and girls at the end of December, and the kidnapping of over 300 just last summer. Women. Young girls. Literally being erased from view.