The Elders – a group of eminent global leaders brought together by Nelson Mandela – have called on men and boys – and particularly religious and traditional leaders – to change harmful and discriminatory practices against women and girls and give their full support to the realisation of equality for all.
To mark the launch of this initiative, The Elders have issued a formal statement of their views:
“Religion and tradition are a great force for peace and progress around the world.
However, as Elders, we believe that the justification of discrimination against women and girls on grounds of religion or tradition, as if it were prescribed by a higher authority, is unacceptable.
We believe that women and girls share equal rights with men and boys in all aspects of life.
We call upon all leaders to promote and protect equal rights for women and girls.
We especially call on religious and traditional leaders to set an example and change all discriminatory practices within their own religions and traditions.
The Elders are fully committed to the realisation of equality and empowerment of all women and girls.”