International Day of the Girl: Measuring Progress

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October 11th is International Day of the Girl. In recognition of the importance of investing in and empowering girls during adolescence and preventing as well as eliminating the various forms of violence they experience, the theme of International Day of the Girl Child for 2016 is Measuring Progress.

In recognition of girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world, on December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly  declared October 11th as the International Day of the Girl Child.

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To take efforts to end all forms of violence against girls and women to the next level, it is important that we focus on adolescent girls and move beyond awareness-raising to investments in and support for this critical group that will shape the present and the future.

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Building on the United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, we must look at the opportunities initiatives such as Education for All and the global movement to end child marriage provide to empower adolescent girls and must ensure that they are protected from harm, are supported by family and friends, and are able to act in their own interest.

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Source(s): United Nation’s website

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