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03/24/2017 at 13:30. Facebook
"Universal Healthcare is an achievable goal if politicians have the courage to confront vested interests.”

Recalling his own efforts to improve access to healthcare whilst President, Jimmy Carter acknowledges that healthcare reform is still a contentious political issue but calls on politicians to demonstrate courage in delivering healthcare for all.

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Sexual abuse and exploitation of vulnerable women and children by United Nations personnel is a betrayal of trust and an assault of the victims’ human rights and dignity.

“The new measures proposed in Antonio Guterres' report are a vital step to preventing further crimes of sexual abuse and exploitation” says Hina Jilani in our statement:

The Elders welcome UN Secretary-General’s commitment to fight sexual exploitation

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Sexual abuse and exploitation of vulnerable women and children by United Nations personnel is a betrayal of trust and an assault of the victims’ human rights and dignity.

"I am encouraged by the leadership shown by Antonio Guterres to tackle these crimes & end impunity” says Lakhdar Brahimi in our statement:

The Elders welcome UN Secretary-General’s commitment to fight sexual exploitation

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We welcome the commitment shown by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres to end all forms of sexual abuse and exploitation of women and children by UN peacekeepers and civilian staff. In particular, we welcome the planned appointment of a Victims Right Advocate within the UN system placing survivors at the centre of the UN's strategy.
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The Elders welcome UN Secretary-General’s commitment to fight sexual exploitation

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From the halls of the United Nations to communities around the world, much has been done to raise awareness of child marriage. But sometimes the myths about what drives child marriage persist. On International Women’s Day 2017, Girls Not Brides bust the 8 most common misconceptions about child marriage. Find out more:

8 child marriage myths to bust on International Women’s Day 2017 - Girls Not Brides

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“When women and girls are educated and healthy, communities flourish: they are more productive, smarter and stronger.”

Read about how access to education and health care is key to the empowerment of women and girls in this guest blog by Dr. Alaa Murabit, one of 17 Global Sustainable Development Goals Advocates, Michael J. Smith and Musarrat Maisha Reza this International Women's Day:

How women are breaking the cycle of violence, insecurity and poverty

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“Setbacks can easily happen when our attentiveness recedes” –Gro Harlem Brundtland

From not being complacent at progress made to supporting change from within,
five Elders highlight ways to protect womens rights, in this piece for International Women's Day:

Five ways to realise and protect women’s rights

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"Latifa’s path to activism was never obvious. Her parents tried to marry her off at the age of 12, but her mother called it off at the last minute. A child bride herself, she did not want her daughter to go through what she had gone through. Her mother’s bold decision encouraged Latifa to become an activist."

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Making bold choices: how Latifa became an advocate against child marriage - Girls Not Brides

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“Our courage doesn’t come from desperation; it’s a courage that comes from seeing problems as challenges” –Hina Jilani

From engaging men & boys to remaining outraged at injustice, five Elders highlight ways to reach gender equality, in this piece for International Women's Day:

Five ways to realise and protect women’s rights

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Female migrant workers are particularly vulnerable to exploitation, discrimination and abuse. It is vital that their needs are identified, understood and addressed as part of a wider, coordinated international response to refugee crises and the mass migration of people. The Elders urge political leaders to show courage and compassion, and to see mass migration as an opportunity as well as a...
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“International Women’s Day is a key moment to highlight how women’s education and access to health care is crucial to their wider empowerment and brings benefit to society as a whole.”

Read this guest blog by Dr. Alaa Murabit, UN High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment and Economic Growth, Michael J. Smith and Musarrat Maisha Reza this International Women's Day:

How women are breaking the cycle of violence, insecurity and poverty

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What is International #WomensDay all about? Learn more: [ Unwo.men Link ] via [UN Women]

International Women’s Day 2017

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The revival of the #GlobalGagRule will harm women and girls. We welcome today’s #SheDecides Conference and urge governments and the international community to show real ethical leadership in protecting the health of the most vulnerable.

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The Elders’ statement on US reintroduction of “Global Gag Rule”

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From controlling the spread of nuclear weapons to equitably responding to mass movements of people, Ernesto Zedillo reflects on the importance of dialogue to reach common ground.

He highlights on The Elders’ recent work for a more peaceful world, including a defence of the Iran Deal with critics of Iranian foreign policy at the Munich Security Conference.

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Dialogue: the only route to a more peaceful world

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"If you really believe in something, be prepared to pay a price" –Mary Robinson.

This International Women’s Day, listen to Mary Robinson and Rachel Kyte speak to The Aspen Institute on their fight for gender equality, health rights and climate justice:

Our Common Future: Mary Robinson and Rachel Kyte

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"If you really believe in something, be prepared to pay a price" –Mary Robinson.

With just over a week to go until International Women’s Day 2017, listen to Mary Robinson and Rachel Kyte speak to The Aspen Institute on their fight for gender equality, health rights and climate justice:

Our Common Future: Mary Robinson and Rachel Kyte

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On 18 February, Mary Robinson joined a panel debate on climate change and security at the Munich Security Conference 2017. Speaking alongside senior politicians from Finland, Bangladesh, Sweden and the US, she called for leadership and urged the Security Council to hold formal discussions on the severe implications that climate change has on security.

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Climate security: changing the narrative

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According to a new study in The Lancet, the United States is the only country in the OECD without Universal Health Coverage, and has the largest share of unmet healthcare needs due to financial costs.

The Elders believe that UHC is a goal that all countries can and should meet, so no-one is denied the medical services they need because they cannot afford the cost of care.

Future life expectancy in 35 industrialised countries: projections with a Bayesian model ensemble

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We reiterate the importance of all UN Security Council members acting in unity to prevent mass atrocities.

Watch why Security Council veto restraint is key to the success of the United Nations: [ Theelders.org Link ]