On October 11th our Mary Ward family joined in the worldwide celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child, declared by the United Nations to recognize the rights of girls and the unique challenges they face around the world.
This year, International Day of the Girl celebrates its 10th anniversary, and gives us an opportunity to reflect on the progress achieved in realizing the rights of girls. We need to take stock of how much progress has been made regarding the rights of girls in the world and how far there is still to go. As members of the Mary Ward family committed to gender equality and gender equity, we must renew our institutional commitment to realizing the rights of girls and work at all levels, from society to government, to achieve girls’ rights.
The CJ/IBVM UN Office, through its collaboration with the Working Group on Girls, hosted a conversation with Girl Activists on girls rights and the environment. Watch their conversation here.
The UN Office also participated in the 24-hour International Day of the Girl Virtual Forum and the Girls SpeakOut event, “IDG+10: Mind the Gap – Girls’ Rights Now!” held at the UN headquarters in New York City and streamed online on WebTV. Check it out here.
On the 10th anniversary of the International Day of the Girl, let us renew our commitment to girls’ rights and strive ever harder to make them a reality.