October 11, 2012 – United Nations has declared October 11th 'International Day of the Girl' promoting equal rights and opportunities for girls around the world in areas such as law, nutrition, health care, education, and training, and freedom from poverty, violence, abuse, sexual exploitation, and discrimination.
We are encouraging girls to participate in the Day of the Girl Proclamation to come together as one collective voice, to increase awareness on a global platform, support girl's basic human rights and breakdown the barriers of blindness and inequality.
“…to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.”
United Nations General Assembly December 19, 2011
School Girls Unite, a student organization in the United States, led this successful campaign determined to advance the UN Millennium Development Goals related to gender equality and universal basic education, as well as other human right's issues. Their mission mirrors the United Nations General Assembly Resolution on the International Day of the Girl Child, which was approved on December 19, 2011. Plan International and other organizations in nearly 100 countries mobilized support for the UN Resolution.
DID YOU KNOW…
- By 2015, females will make up 64% of the world’s illiterate adult population.
- Only 30% of girls in the world are enrolled in secondary school.
- One in seven girls in developing countries is married off before the age of 15.
- Children as young as 11 are forced to work as prostitutes.
- It is estimated that 1.2 million children are being trafficked every year.
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Canadians Celebrate the First 'International Day of the Girl'
Statement from Prime Minister Stephen Harper:
"On this special day, let us reflect on the young girls around the world, girls like Malala Yousufzai in Pakistan, who are facing daily hardships such as violence, hunger and disease. Let their plight be an impetus to renew our commitment to helping provide young girls with the healthcare, nutrition, education, and protection they need to live healthy, productive, and happy lives. The Harper Government is committed to improving the lives of girls and women all over the world.
"Let their plight be an impetus to renew our commitment to helping provide young girls with the healthcare, nutrition, education, and protection they need to live healthy, productive, and happy lives."
Prime Minister Stephen Harper Excerpt from the '1st International Day of the Girl' October 11, 2012
Through projects such as the Muskoka Initiative on Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health, Canada is playing a leadership role in improving health and saving the lives of mothers, children, and newborns in some of the world's poorest countries. We are also working on innovative food security, gender equality, and education initiatives that are providing girls around the globe with a better quality of life. I encourage Canadians to celebrate, educate, and empower girls and young women in Canada and around the globe."
Statement from Honourable Rona Ambrose, Canada's Minister of Public Works and Government Services, and Minister for Status of Women:
"International Day of the Girl will make a difference in the lives of girls and young women, as citizens and as powerful voices of change within their families, their communities, and their nations. My hope is that all Canadians will use this opportunity to rally support for girls' rights, and to educate the world about the vast potential of girls to help create a better life for all….I am proud to have championed this initiative, leading the Government of Canada and the international community to establish the International Day of The Girl. Through their leadership, worldwide momentum has grown to ensure girls get the recognition they deserve. Our government recognizes that strong girls help to build a strong Canada – a nation that is safe and prosperous."