Champion
Wang Le
Director, UN Representative, Save the Children, New York Global Advocacy Office
Wang Le

An estimated one in three girls and women experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetimes; 12 million girls marry before their 18th birthday each year; and at least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone female genital mutilation, most before or during adolescence. Gender inequality, combined with unequal age-based power dynamics and discrimination, means that adolescent girls, particularly the most marginalized and deprived, are being left behind for progress on gender equality.

We need to prioritize collective and coordinated action, inclusion of girl-led solutions, and concrete policy and political commitments backed by funding and accountability measures in order to prevent and respond to gender-based violence experienced by girls, particularly child marriage, and to ensure girls globally are able to grow up safe, healthy, and educated.

I support the IGC Panel Parity Pledge.
  • Provide 3 mentorships through Save the Children’s global Women’s network and other networks that support women's development by the end of 2021.

  • Advocate (via meetings, statements and other advocacy tools) for systematic and meaningful girls’ participation with Member States and the UN, and empower girls’ engagement by amplifying their voices and messages through social media promotion, inclusion of their messages in my statements at the UN, and other platforms available to Save the Children.