Expand is pleased to have taken part in another event held by Global Citizen (an organization dedicated to fighting inequality). On March 16th, Global Citizens gathered together to #LevelTheLaw. The event was held at the New York Public Library and brought together important UN and political stakeholders for a dynamic panel discussion on gender equality and the law.
According to Global Citizen, roughly 90% of all countries have at least one legal difference between women and men that limits women’s opportunities and several countries still have laws that restrict girls from attending school, being protected from gender based violence, and even opening bank accounts without a man’s permission. They started the #LevelTheLaw initiative with the goal of getting rid of these unjust laws and ending all gender discrimination in legislation.
The event was moderated by MSNBC anchor Richard Lui. Panelists at the event included:
- Natasha Stott Despoja, Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls
- Yasmeen Hassan, Global Executive Director of Equality Now
- Bonnie Wright, Actress, Director, and Global Citizen Ambassador
- Michael Sheldrick, Director of Policy and Advocacy, GPP
- Faith Wafula, Kenyan youth activist
The event was a huge success! It was attended by 150 attendees and panelists bringing women’s rights and equality to the forefront on a global level. In the end, the Panelists signed a Declaration to #LevelTheLaw and all who attended signed a petition to help bring this movement in front of governments worldwide in hopes of creating laws to enforce equality worldwide.
Though new laws will only be the first major step in what will undoubtedly be a marathon, it’s definitely a step in the right direction and Expand was and is very proud to be a part of such an important cause!
View a 4 Minute Recap Video from the Event: