Throughout the world, adolescent girls are at risk of disappearing from the international development agenda and public awareness.
Despite progress in many arenas, adolescent girls risk disappearing from lack of education. They are disappearing because of preventable diseases. They are disappearing because of child marriage. They are disappearing from lack of investment in policies, interventions and services tailored to their specific needs and concerns.
At the same time there are nearly 600 million girls aged 10 to 19 in the world today, each with limitless individual potential.
UNICEF will celebrate the potential power of every adolescent girl as part of the fourth annual International Day of the Girl Child on 11 October. This year’s theme is The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030. The topic offers an opportunity to highlight the importance of social, economic, and political investment in adolescent girls both today and in the future.
International Day of the Girl Child will be marked at UNICEF Headquarters in New York Monday 12 October. Events include a panel discussion featuring UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake and key note speaker Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation. The discussion will be followed by a dynamic exhibition showcasing success stories about girls from the UNICEF partners and other United Nations Agencies collaborating on the event.
As a part of the day’s events, the Education for All Global Monitoring Report at UNESCO will launch a Gender Summary, Gender and Education for All 2000-2015: Achievements and Challenges, which reports on global progress in achieving gender equity and equality in education since the year 2000.
How to get involved:
I encourage you to celebrate the power and potential of adolescent girls on this important day and to renew your commitment to long-term momentum and investment in empowering girls. We must move beyond awareness-raising. We must support adolescent girls as they shape the present and become leaders of the future. It is time to consolidate good practice and focus on actions and results as we implement the new Global Goals. It is time to pave the way for a better and more equitable future for adolescent girls.
Chief of Public Advocacy, UNICEF
For further information, please visit the official UNICEF website.