Today, the 11th of October, the United Nations (UN) celebrate the 4th International Day of the Girl Child. This year’s theme is ‘The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030′.
In 2008 Plan International, a non-governmental organization that operates globally, celebrated the first, still informal, International Day of the Girl Child and started a campaign towards governments and international institutions to make it a globally recognized commemoration day.
In December 2011 the UN finally passed a resolution to make the 11th of October the International Day of the Girl Child. This commemoration day is meant to call public attention towards problems and difficulties for girls in many countries and regions in the world.
Main demands are:
Support of girls and young woman through education
Abolition of forced marriage
Equality in all areas of life
Strict enforcement of anti-discrimination acts
Zero tolerance towards violence against girls and women in the name of tradition or culture
This year DEPDC is celebrating its 25th anniversary fighting for the rights of girls and children in general. We are happy that girls’ rights and child rights are on a global agenda today and hope that the goals promoted by the International Day of the Girl Child will be achieved in the future. Providing equal opportunities for everybody, independent from gender, social class, religion, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.