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Beyoncé, Lady Gaga join forces to fight for women's rights

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Beyoncé and Lady Gaga fight to end women's poverty around the world

Making strides for women's rights and equality around the world is important.

And having some of the most powerful and influential women in the world on board to help is huge.

Powerhouses Beyoncé and Lady Gaga have signed a petition along with 34 other women of note, asking the G7 and the African Union to tackle the huge international issue of women's poverty.

The petition was organized by the non-governmental organization, ONE, founded by U2 frontman, Bono.

In it, celebrities, including Meryl Streep, Charlize Theron, Rosamund Pike and Rita Wilson, are calling on the leaders of those two organizations, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and South Africa's Minister of Health Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, to put poverty on the center stage. Germany will play host to this year’s G7 summit in June and Dlamini-Zuma is the AU Commission chair.

The petition clearly and succinctly states, "Poverty is sexist."

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It continues, saying, "… we won't end it unless we face up to the fact that girls and women get a raw deal, and until leaders and citizens around the world work together for real change."

The report published by the ONE campaign tells us exactly why poverty is sexist.

Maternal mortality rates are staggering in underdeveloped countries. A woman in Sierra Leone is 183 times more likely to die in childbirth than a woman in Switzerland all because of the tragedy and sheer coincidence of geography. Barely 20 percent of girls in rural Africa finish primary school, and less than 10 percent finish secondary school, and women still make up two-thirds of the world's illiterate.

Unbelievable.

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The petition asks, "If your summits reach the right agreements, great financing and momentum around girls and women's empowerment can be placed at the heart of the new global goals."

This petition also says, "If we get this right, we could help lift every girl and woman out of poverty by 2030 — and by doing so we will lift everyone."

It is unconscionable that women are kept out of certain aspects of life, such as an education or access to proper health care, simply because they are female and thus are not even afforded the opportunity to do better for themselves. This campaign could do some good to change that.

There are tons of great information on the ONE site, and you can find out more about helping to end women and girls poverty there as well.

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