On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. For its second observance, this year’s Day will focus on “Innovating for Girls’ Education”.
Recognizing the need for fresh and creative perspectives to propel girls’ education forward, the 2013 International Day of the Girl Child UN address the importance of new technology, but also innovation in partnerships, policies, resource utilization, community mobilization, and most of all, the engagement of young people themselves.
All UN agencies, Member States, civil society organizations, and private sector actors have potential tools to innovate for and with girls to advance their education. Examples of possible steps include:
- Improved public and private means of transportation for girls to get to school—from roads, buses, mopeds, bicycles to boats and canoes;
- Collaboration between school systems and the banking industry to facilitate secure and convenient pay delivery to female teachers and scholarship delivery to girls;
- Provision of science and technology courses targeted at girls in schools, universities and vocational education programmes;
- Corporate mentorship programmes to help girls acquire critical work and leadership skills and facilitate their transition from school to work;
- Revisions of school curricula to integrate positive messages on gender norms related to violence, child marriage, sexual and reproductive health, and male and female family roles;
- Deploying mobile technology for teaching and learning to reach girls, especially in remote areas.
“Game Changers for Girls’ Education” is a high-level event for enhanced commitment by global leaders, sponsored by UNICEF, UN Women and Plan International, from1:15 – 2:45 p.m. EDT at ONE UN Hotel, in New York.
Watch the live webcast here.
“Girls Speak Out: Showcasing Girl Activists from around the World” is an event organized by the Missions of Canada, Peru, and Turkey, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at UN Headquarters.
Joining the WAGGGS' “Girls in the Lead”! campaign, UN Women will let Girl Guide María Agustina Morando from Argentina take over the organization’s Twitter accounts on 11 October between 10 and 11am ET. For more information, join the conversation.
- See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/girl-child-day-compilation#sthash.WrhT6oB1.dpufEvent