This Women’s History Month we were proud to launch The Full Participation Report and noceilings.org to share data on the status of women and girls over the last 20 years. To illustrate the progress we’ve made, we’ve been celebrating the powerful stories of Ceiling Breakers on this blog; amazing individuals and organizations that endeavor to close gender gaps and empower women and girls around the world to reach their full potential.
Their incredible and inspiring work is an important reminder for us all that while we still have a long way to go in ensuring the full and equal participation of women and girls, progress is possible – and there is a role for each of us to play.
That’s why this month, No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project has released The Full Participation Plan, a blueprint for action to guide our work to accelerate progress for women and girls everywhere. Informed by the Full Participation Report and the data-driven visualizations at www.noceilings.org, the Plan identifies five principles for action that will help advance progress:
1. Guarantee equality under the law
2. Change norms and attitudes that hold women back
3. Focus on girls and the most marginalized
4. Provide adequate resources
5. Measure results
When used to inform policy and programs, and inspire actions at all levels, these principles can unlock the potential of women and girls, ensure their security, and create opportunity for them to not only participate, but succeed. Focusing on these principles while addressing the 10 policy priorities listed in the Plan guarantees that we can unlock potential, ensure security and create opportunity for women and girls in the U.S. and internationally.
Full participation for women and girls means stronger communities, more prosperous economies, and greater opportunities for all of us. It’s not just the right thing to do, but the smart thing to do. It will take all of us – men and women, girls and boys, grassroots activists and policy makers – committing to use the data and address these policy priorities to ensure that we make full participation a reality in the 21st century. We hope you will join us.