On 6 March 2020, the IPPF Africa Regional Director, Mrs. Marie-Evelyne Petrus-Barry attended the global launch of the Equal Light Red Card Campaign at the UN headquarters in New York. This is the speech given by Mrs. Petrus-Barry during the launch.
The Red Card campaign is aimed at mobilizing the world to ensure that the voices of women and girls are heard across sectors, to elevate and strengthen them against others who seek to undermine their dignity, and to put an end to gender based violence and discrimination in every form.
During the launch, IPPF Africa Region signed an MoU with African Renaissance and Diaspora Network (ARDN), as a new platform for the member associations and collaborative partners of the Africa region to operationalize gender normative frameworks and guidance as well as to shape and provide a comprehensive response for gender equality.
The "Red Card" campaign utilizes the unifying power of sport to provide an opportunity to governments, academia, civil society, the private sector, the general public, and other stakeholders to demonstrate to the world, and to their respective constituencies, their commitment and efforts towards achieving equality and equity for all, and to encourage their constituencies to become part of an international team dedicated to scoring Sustainable Development Goals.