We have an explicit focus on the rights of young girls and women. We are cognizant of the fact that gender is a universal contributor to poverty and injustice and focus our work accordingly. Women suffer inequalities in political participation, in the access to and control of productive resources, and are more vulnerable in emergencies and conflicts. While women have long been key economic and social figures in our society, the notion that they can exercise control over their productive resources and make decisions to explore their full potential is perceived negatively. For sustained social, political, and economic transformation, this perception needs to be reversed.
Furthermore, young women shoulder the burden of care and support in both their households and communities. Their reproductive health rights are often violated due to power imbalances within households, communities, and institutions. These violations of human rights are in direct contradiction to numerous international human rights instruments which require states to take all appropriate measures to eliminate the political, social, economic, and cultural injustices that women face because of their gender.