Building an equal and a just society requires inclusion of all voices and representation from all walks of life. It entails giving people from diverse and marginalized backgrounds an opportunity to be heard. Women, youth, marginalized communities, people with disabilities, and sexual minorities continue to be underrepresented in public forums, events, and webinars. We must recognize different expertise and experiences in our society, including differing views.
Representation matters. Ensuring voice and leadership of all groups irrespective of their sex, gender, age, socio-economic background, and geography will counter singular and stereotypical narratives. Promoting inclusion is critical to advancing the principle of Leaving No One Behind (LNOB) envisioned in the 2030 Agenda.
Today on International Women’s Day we join together in recommitting to the equal participation of all women in all aspects of life, and to improving the representation and leadership of women and marginalized groups in dialogue.