Birmingham is the only UK city selected to join a global women’s campaign to promote international gender equality.
Selected by The Carter Center as one of 12 international cities to participate in its Informing women, transforming lives campaign, which aims to guarantee women’s access to information.
The US-based organization aims to educate and empower women to play an active role in the public sphere as well as in their local communities.
The overall goals of the Informing Women, Transforming Lives campaign are to raise awareness of women’s right to information, increase the number of women with access to information about municipal and social services in participating cities and to help participating local governments reach women with useful information.
According to Carter Center, “Information has the power to transform lives. The fundamental right of access to information is essential both for governments and for the people they serve and is particularly crucial for women.
“It provides a more meaningful voice, empowering women to participate in public life, access public services, and make better decisions for themselves, their families, and their communities. Yet for many women, the power of information remains inaccessible.
“Women are less likely to request and receive access to information, but they are often responsible for earning income and caring for the family; are more likely to be poor or illiterate; are less likely to participate or use their voice; are more sensitive and affected by corruption; and are sometimes in danger of retaliation in male-dominated cultures if they ask for information. ”
The campaign will include the use of traditional marketing materials and social media, programs for government agencies and citizens’ groups designed to help women access information, and virtual events and platforms to enable participants to share ideas and best practices with each other.
The Carter Center was founded by former US President Jimmy Carter and his wife, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, in partnership with Emory University.
The organization is based “on a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering,” reads the center’s mission statement. The initiative “aims to prevent and resolve conflicts, strengthen freedom and democracy and improve health”.
Cllr John Cotton, Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion, Community Safety and Equalities, said, We have chosen to join The Carter Center’s campaign because it will have a direct impact on the daily lives of women in our city.
“Information empowers women: it strengthens their voice, enables them to participate fully in society and in decision-making; to access public services, education and employment.
“We are taking part in this global initiative because we want to ensure that women in every neighborhood and community are empowered and able to benefit from full access to information and the great opportunities that Birmingham has to offer over the decade to to come.”
Cities around the world applied to participate in this campaign, and finalists were chosen based on their commitment to transparency and gender equality.
The other 11 cities participating in the 2022 campaign are Bogota, Colombia; Casablanca, Morocco; North Dhaka, Bangladesh; Freetown, Sierra Leone; Maputo, Mozambique; Montevideo, Uruguay; Nairobi, Kenya; Paris, France; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Tunis, Tunisia; and Washington DC, United States of America.
The campaign will officially launch on March 8, 2022 – International Women’s Day.
For more information about the campaign and the work done by previous cities to help women access information, please visit: www.cartercenter.org/info4women
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