– to recognise the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ and women empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights, across the world.
This year the theme of International Day of the Girl Child is “My voice, our equal future”. The theme focuses on how girls globally are leading the way.
Today, many girls are leading movements – be it climate change, gender equality or racial issues. They are telling the world that voices of girls and their dreams, even in the remote corners of the world can no longer be ignored.
Girls are breaking boundaries and barriers posed by stereotypes and exclusion, including those directed at children with disabilities and those living in marginalised communities. As entrepreneurs, innovators and initiators of global movements, girls are creating a world that is relevant for them and future generations.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by world leaders in 2015, embody a roadmap for progress that is sustainable and leaves no one behind. Achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment is integral to each of the 17 goals.
Only by ensuring the rights of women and girls across the world will we get to justice and inclusion, economies that work for all, and sustaining our shared environment now and for future generations…..