International Day of the Girl Child Observed on October 11
UN General Assembly on December 19, 2011 adopted a Resolution 66/170 to declare October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child. Ever since, the day has been dedicated to the welfare of the girl child internationally. The theme of this year was Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence.
The day marks to give the girls their due in terms moving from mere generating awareness to raising of appropriate infrastructure. UN’s UNiTE initiative to end violence against women has been a huge success. However, the need has been felt of other aspects of life like Education for girls, putting an end to Child Marriage etc. which have to take care of to ensure proper and all round development of the girl child.
UN aims to shift its focus to more action and result oriented practices thus giving space for gender-equitable post-2015 and review of progress against the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.
The day thus calls on the civil society, governments, UN to join hands and reaffirm their commitment to bring an end to violence against adolescent girls and propagate their empowerment. The steps taken this year include:
- Investments to promote skill development and confidence building through the medium of schools, vocational training, health and economic support systems.
- Advocating for making violence against women and children unacceptable in all forms and proportions.
- Facilitating their entry and acceptance in civic and economic public life.
- Consolidating data, measurements and evidence base related to empowerment of girls