Girls were left out of the original Millennium Development Goals. The Girl Declaration has been written to make sure that doesn't happen again.
The declaration – bringing together the thinking of 508 girls living in poverty accross the globe with the help of experts from 26 international organisations – aims to put the needs of adolescent girls squarely on the development agenda for the post-2015 goals, which will succeed the Millennium Development Goals.
Believed to be the first document of its kind, the declaration lists seven guiding principles and five goals designed to provide decision-makers and global leaders with information to guide action and investment in improving the lives of adolescent girls. The girls' own language is used in much of the document.
Pakistani girl activist Malala Yousafzai, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Queen Rania of Jordan, Barbara Bush, United Nations Foundation CEO Kathy Calvin, Care CEO Helen Gayle, Microsoft and the Intel Foundation have all signed the Declaration.
So read the Girl Declaration and add your support on the "Girl Effect" website.
Really Eco Baby supports the "Girl Effect" by stocking Askeyprint Sew & Tell dolls: 10% of every sale goes towards the Girl revolution, where girls all over the globe are given the support they deserve to realise their unique worth.
Our local town just celebrated its Fair Trade status renewal and we joined in the party!
We are choosing all our products very carefully for their eco and ethical credentials and we are pleased to say that when it was time to bring our Fairly Traded products out, not many things were left behind (that would be our recycled home products).
SUMA HANDMADE SOAPS: "Green Palm" certified palm oil. GreenPalm is a certificate trading programme which is designed to tackle the environmental and social problems created by the production of palm oil.
GREEN FIBRES: will not source products from companies that use or condone compromised working conditions or which contravene human rights in any way shape or form.
AKAMUTI: believe in trading ethically & responsibly. Here are the sustainably sourced ingredients they use in their products: Organic Forest Beeswax & Honey, Wildcrafted Shea Butter, Virgin Red Palm Oil, Organic Wildcrafted Coconut Oil, Cold-pressed Tropical Oils.
EVEREARTH: is ICTI certified, which guarantees no prison labour, no child labour and no forced labour along with the provision of social insurance, fair pay and employee education.
ASKEYPRINT: support "Girl Effect where girls all over the globe are given the support they deserve to realise their unique worth.
KENANA’S KNITTERS: are a self-supporting knitting co-operative and pay themselves a fair wage. In addition their sales fund a range of welfare projects in Njoro, Kenya.
AVA & LUC: use an ethical manufacturer in India who pay their staff a fair wage, do not demand ridiculously long hours, and do not use child labour.
GOSSYPIUM: All cotton that they use comes from cotton farms certified by the worldwide Fairtrade Standard Setting and Certification Organisation.
LITTLE GREEN RADICALS: are proud to be pioneers in the Fairtrade field and the Fairtrade certified cotton they use in all their products is really important to them.
SIESTA: has been a member of BAFTS (the British Association for Fair Trade Shops) for over 10 years and are also a BAFTS recognised fair trade importer.
FLOWER KITS are Fair Trade. Nothing is wasted and the tissue is made by a project in Nepal which supports a school for Tibetan refugee children.