Five ways to end violence against women

One in three women worldwide will experience violence in their lifetime. To mark the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, we present five different perspectives from members of The Elders over the past ten years, touching on issues from discrimination and child marriage to poverty and sexual violence.


Jimmy Carter: Recognise the problem 

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Ready, steady, action! Finland proceeds with the 2030 Agenda

As the work to secure climate progress continues at the Marrakech Climate Change Conference (COP22), Marja Innanen, Deputy Secretary General of the Finnish National Commission on Sustainable Development (FNCSD), argues that the SDGs are "a mirror" reflecting the responsibilities of developed countries and outlining Finland's approach to the 2030 Agenda.

"SDGs are like a mirror to us: these are our issues and responsibilities, and we really need to change the ways we act."

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Ela Bhatt steps down from The Elders

Ela Bhatt, member of The Elders since its founding in 2007 will step down on 1 November 2016.

Her quiet yet steely determination has wrought tremendous change for countless women in her native India, and serves as an example for us all. –Kofi Annan

Ela Bhatt in Morocco during an Elders Board Meeting in May 2009.

Ela Bhatt is stepping down from her front-line role as a member of The Elders, the organisation announced today.

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Bad weather: The Human Cost of Climate Change

Speaking at the Social Good Summit 2016, Mary Robinson explains the concept of climate justice, building resilience and ensuring adequate climate finance, in a session moderated by Julie Gichuru, entrepreneur and Kenyan media personality.

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Accelerating progress toward UHC by 2030

Last month in New York, Gro Harlem Brundtland spoke alongside global health leaders including Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO and the health ministers of South Africa and Thailand, during which she called for courageous leadership to achieve Universal Health Coverage by 2030.

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Building a culture of inclusivity in a diverse society

Delivering the 6th Annual Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture, Hina Jilani stresses the importance of ethical leadership and exhorts world leaders to comply with human rights norms and the rule of law when addressing peace and security issues.

“Human rights can never be a luxury to be cast aside at times of difficulties”

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Elders in Berlin: recognising German leadership on refugees

In September 2016, Kofi Annan, Martti Ahtisaari and Lakhdar Brahimi visited Germany to launch a new report on refugees and migration. They heard a range of perspectives on the country's response to the crisis, from Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Federal President Joachim Gauck and business leaders, to civil society groups, volunteers and refugees themselves.

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The Elders urge new compromise for Colombia peace deal

The Elders respect the decision of the Colombian people who have voted not to accept the peace agreement and urge Colombian leaders to find compromises which will allow all Colombians to unite behind peace as a national project.


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Building coalitions to support SDGs in Costa Rica

One year on from the signing of the Sustainable Development Goals, how are countries in the developing and developed world making progress in their implementation? In the first of a series of guest blogs on this issue, Dr. Monica Araya from Costa Rican civil society group Costa Rica Limpia reflects on coalition-building and grassroots efforts to support the SDGs.

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The Elders condemn Turkey coup attempt and urge all sides to respect democracy

The Elders' statement on the attempted coup in Turkey.

"President Erdoğan now has a responsibility to act in a way that reconciles his divided country, reaffirms his government’s commitment to inclusive democracy and defuses tensions at the heart of Turkish society.” – Kofi Annan

The Elders condemn the attempted coup in Turkey and urge all political, military and legal forces in the country to respect the rule of law and protect democracy and human rights.

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