International Day of the Girl Child was formally proposed as a resolution by Canada in the United Nations General Assembly. Rona Ambrose, Canada’s Minister for the Status of Women, sponsored the resolution; a delegation of women and girls made presentations in support of the initiative at the 55th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly voted to pass a resolution adopting October 11, 2012 as the inaugural International Day of the Girl Child. The resolution states that the Day of the Girl recognizes,
”the empowerment of and investment in girls, which are critical for economic growth, the achievement of all Millennium Development Goals, including the eradication of poverty and extreme poverty, as well as the meaningful participation of girls in decisions that affect them, are key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence and in promoting the full and effective enjoyment of their human rights, and recognizing also that empowering girls requires their active participation in decision-making process and the active support and engagement of their parents, legal guardians, families and care providers, as well as boys and men and the wider community”. ..Wikipedia.
Celebrating girls across the globe today is a reminder of the barriers and challenges they face and which they must overcome, like, child marriage, gender inequality, lack of education and gender-based violence.
With this year’s theme in mind, Girls’ progress = Goals’ progress: What Counts for Girls, let us recognize how girls’ progress isn’t just for them, but for the families, communities, societies and the world at large.
The UN Women works around the world to empower women and girls and raise awareness on their rights, advocate for the adoption and implementation of laws and policies that prohibit and prevent child marriage, and mobilize communities against the practice.
Credits: http://www.unwomen.org, http://www.girlsnotbrides.org