A few days before I went on holiday my regular newsletter from the Fawcett Society opened with the following:
The Fawcett Society has filed papers with the High Court seeking a Judicial Review of the government’s recent budget
This blog post has been brewing ever since and I apologise, mostly to myself, for not getting it out sooner.
Let there be no doubt in your mind that my response to this news item was positive. The point of my post is to applaud and invite support. My relationship with feminism has had its ups and downs over the years but my relationship with equality has always been clear.
In New York in 2000, the UN Millennium Development Summit set out ‘challenging but feasible’ goals to be achieved by 2015.
These goals are:
- Reducing by half the proportion of the world’s people in extreme poverty
- Reducing by half the proportion of people who suffer from hunger
- Ensuring that children everywhere are able to take a full course of primary schooling
- Ending sex disparity in education
- Reducing by two-thirds the mortality rate among children under five
- Reducing by three quarters the rate of maternal mortality
- Halting and beginning to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS and halting and beginning to reduce the incidence of malaria and other major diseases
- Reducing by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water
Let’s not forget that we might not have to travel too far from home to see some of these goals being missed. Keep an eye on your politicians, or at least support those that do.