On 2 December, Global Citizens from around the world came together in Jozi to celebrate the life, legacy and unfinished business of Nelson Mandela at the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100. Headlined by superstar talent such as Beyoncé & Jay-Z and Cassper Nyovest, the festival also featured world leaders making onstage commitments to help end extreme poverty by 2030.
Global Citizen has taken a ‘pop and policy’ approach, working with artists who have the power to reach and inform millions of fans and activists who can call on world leaders to make serious commitments toward ending extreme poverty.
Since the first festival in New York in 2012, Global Citizen has grown into one of the largest, most visible platforms for young people around the planet calling on world leaders to honour their responsibilities in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and ending extreme poverty by 2030.
Global Citizen remains heavily focused on the issue of gender equality. As part thereof, it launched the #SheIsEqual campaign this year. Global Citizen recognises that if we are to achieve a more equitable world, we need governments, corporations and institutions to commit to actions on multiple fronts.
Currently, Global Citizen is on track to achieving a $500-million target for SheIsEqual commitments covering areas such as girls’ and women’s nutrition, health, education, sexual reproduction and sexual health.
Behind the scenes of the festival is an incredible group of women from around the world who have worked tirelessly and passionately to bring to life the Mandela 100 campaign and December event.
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