October 11, 2013 – Today is the second UN International Day of the Girl. In Canada and internationally we know that empowering girls, and ensuring their education is essential to progress for the whole human family.
This year’s theme set by the United Nations is “Innovating for Girls’ Education”. At Ottawa’s City Hall, Mayor Jim Watson and Parliamentary Secretary for the Status of Women Canada Susan Truppe, heard from girls themselves on how to address the pressing gaps girls face in nine different countries of the global south.
These girls from schools across the city came together on their day off to mark International Day of the Girl with UNA-Canada, and to deliberate and develop a statement on innovations.
Read their negotiated resolution now!
Clearly to achieve the goals of every girl receiving secondary education which is the measure of future success, we must engage girls themselves in finding durable solutions.
While so many around the world have been inspired by the young girls education advocate, Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan, International Day of the Girl is a special day for us to remember what she has been willing to give in the fight for social fairness for girls denied their basic human rights and the truest human liberation. By standing up for girls, we all become global citizens.
Happy International Day of the Girl!
President & CEO
Chair, World Federation of United Nations Associations