GMSP understands, through the work of its partners, that as inequality grows, so do social and health problems in communities. This leads to unacceptable breaches of rights and dignities, particularly impacting the most marginalised: women and girls.
Meet Meera, a young girl living in India.
A girl's journey means that she encounters varies challenges throughout her life.
Having insight into some of these issues has helped to shape GMSP’s focus areas and to understand the need to improve the rights and lives of vulnerable communities. While there is no one solution, we believe through collaboration and a multipronged approach to our funding, we can support girls like Meera.
Now Meera’s daughter, also illiterate, is at risk of being tracked in their local town, where the average price of a sex act is just £3.
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RIGHTS & JUSTICE
This is Meera
she is 12 years old, lives in India and wants to be a nurse
But since birth, her opportunities have been limited because of her
In India, Meera is twice as likely to be illiterate than boys her age.
As a young, illiterate bride, Meera’s children are twice as likely to die before they are 5 years old than her friends who went to school.
ECONOMIC PARTICIPATION & AGENCY
70% of the world’s poor are women
Meera is one of those women.
Her family lives below the poverty line and her ability to negotiate with her husband and in her community is weak.
RIGHTS & JUSTICE
Meera’s friend in the UK, Aysha is also at risk of violence
Suicide rate of black minority ethic women is 3x higher than other women in the UK.
GMSP builds evidence and networks to advocate for BME women in the UK. Our partners train public sector works on BME issues and work with women suffering from violence to ensure they understand their rights and have their voices are heard.
Aysha, in London, needs help but does not know where to get it
Like other black, minority and ethnic (BME) women in the UK, Aysha’s needs are not understood nor is it deemed appropriate within her community for her to voice her concerns or to seek external help
A child dies every 17 seconds from a sanitation related illness
in Meera’s village means that her and her friends’ health and safety are at increased risk which in turn acts as a barrier to their education
CHANGE IN ATTITUDES
Meera in India,
In Meera’s community in India,
54% of men
believe it is OK for a man to beat his wife.
and Aysha in the UK,
want better lives for
They want them to have opportunities for a good education and job, to be healthy and to feel safe, and to participate in decision-making that affects their lives. To make this happen, they need the attitudes of men and women towards gender to change.