A global movement to ensure all girls realise their rights has taken root, said Plan International’s CEO at celebrations across the world to mark the International Day of the Girl on 11 October.
This year’s IDG theme, 'The power of the adolescent girl: vision for 2030', highlighted the adoption of the sustainable development goals (SDGs), which make an historic commitment to address the pressing issues facing girls.
A week of activities culminated in an event at UNICEF in New York, where many civil society organisations came together to showcase the power of girls.
Speaking at the event, Plan International CEO Anne-Birgette Albrechtsen said: “We believe a movement for girls’ rights has taken root and can be strengthened and extended by connecting and nurturing the grassroots activism and advocacy taking place. Plan International will work with others – in government, civil society, communities and the private sector – to deliver the promise of the SDGs so that all girls realise their rights to learn, lead, decide and thrive”.
She added: “Plan International will ensure true measurement happens to ensure that girls really are not left behind over the next 15 years of development implementation.”
Plan International has been a proud leader on girls’ rights for a long time through our Because I am a Girl campaign. We know simply due to their gender girls are globally more likely to be harmed and face violence than boys. They are the last to be fed when times are tough in a family, they face a disproportionately high infant mortality rate and are likely to leave school earlier than boys, if they get the chance to attend at all.
We raise these issues in our 2015 State of the World’s Girls report: The Unfinished Business of Girls Rights, launched in the run up to International Day of the Girl.
The report clearly states the business of girls’ rights is unfinished, that we are at a pivotal point where we need to capitalise on what has been achieved and that there is a need to accelerate progress on key issues, if the SDGs are to deliver for all girls.
International Day for Girls
11 October has been a key global moment to celebrate the power of girls and highlight the barriers they face since the United Nations adopted it as International Day of the Girl in 2011.
Plan International led the call for an international day of recognition for girls and achieving it was one of the earliest goals of our Because I am a Girl campaign.
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