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Sunday, 11 October 2015

International Day of the Girl Child 2015, October 11

...because every girl deserces to thrive

 Тема Дня 2015 года : Инвестировать сегодня, чтобы помочь внести вклад в развитие нашего мира завтра.
 Theme 2015: The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030.
 Tema 2015 : El poder de las adolescentes: la visión para el 2030.
 Thème 2015 : Le pouvoir des adolescentes - horizon 2030.
موضوع عام 2015: قوة الفتاة المراهقة في رؤية لعام 2030

United Nations Secretary-General's Message for the International Day of the Girl Child 2015.

The newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals rightly include key targets for gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. They offer an opportunity for a global commitment to breaking intergenerational transmission of poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination – and realizing our vision of a life of dignity for all.
Our task now is to get to work on meeting the SDG targets and making good on our promises to give girls all the opportunities they deserve as they mature to adulthood by 2030. That means enabling them to avoid child marriage and unwanted pregnancy, protect against HIV transmission, stay safe from female genital mutilation, and acquire the education and skills they need to realize their potential. It also requires ensuring their sexual health and reproductive rights. Girls everywhere should be able to lead lives free from fear and violence. If we achieve this progress for girls, we will see advances across society.
Just after the adoption last month of the global goals for sustainable development, world leaders heard a ringing call from Nobel Peace Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was flanked in the General Assembly Hall by young people from around the world. “Promise us that you will keep your commitments and invest in our future,” she urged.
Three years ago, on the International Day of the Girl Child, I condemned the attack against Malala and called for more opportunities for girls everywhere. Today, I applaud her courage and that of her peers, who only want the chance to contribute to our world.
Let us resolve to invest in today’s adolescent girls so that tomorrow they can stand strong as citizens, political leaders, entrepreneurs, heads of their households and more. This will secure their rights and our common future.

Ban Ki-moon

FORUM : International Day of the Girl Child - October 11

As the global community launches the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for implementation over the next 15 years, it is a good time to recognise the achievements made in supporting young girls, while at the same time aspiring to support the current and upcoming generation of adolescent girls, to truly fulfil their potential as key actors in achieving a sustainable and equitable world. In recognition of the importance of investing in adolescent girls’ empowerment and rights, both today and in the future, the theme of International Day of the Girl Child for 2015 is: The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030.
UN agencies, Member States, civil society organizations, and private sector stakeholders are called on to commit to putting adolescent girls at the centre of sustainable development efforts by making the following critical investments in their present and future:
  • Invest in high quality education, skills, training, access to technology and other learning initiatives that prepare girls for life, jobs, and leadership.
  • Invest in health and nutrition suitable to the adolescent years, including puberty education, menstrual hygiene management, and sexual and reproductive health education and services.
  • Promote zero tolerance against physical, mental, and sexual violence.
  • Enact and consistently implement social, economic, and policy mechanisms to combat early marriage and female genital mutilation.
  • Invest in the creation and maintenance of social and public spaces for civic and political engagement, creativity and talent enhancement.
  • Promote gender-responsive legislation and policies across all areas especially for adolescent girls who are disabled, vulnerable and marginalized, and victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation.
The commitment by the global community to realising the potential of adolescent girls will directly translate into the girls as powerful and positive change agents for their own empowerment, for advancing gender equality and for the sustainable advancement of their nations.

TEDx Talks :

As an expert in adolescent sexual and reproductive health, Dr. V. Chandra – Mouli, explains that sexuality education is not just teaching about sex, reproduction or how to avoid problems. It’s actually much more than giving information, it aims to prepare young people for a healthy sexual and reproductive life, but also a happy sexual and reproductive life.

Dr. V. Chandra-Mouli is an expert in adolescent sexual and reproductive health. He has worked for the World Health Organization in Geneva since 1993. His experience in generating knowledge and taking knowledge to action is global in scope and spans over 25 years. It includes support to Moldova. A key area of his focus is research on effective ways of providing sexuality education in different social, cultural and economic contexts, and using these research findings to strengthen sexuality education programmes in low- and middle-income countries.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at


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