International Day of the Girl Child
In 2011 the United Nations adopted a resolution to establish October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child.
Following is text of resolution A/RES/66/170:
The General Assembly,
Recalling its resolution 64/145 of 18 December 2009 and all other relevant resolutions, including the agreed conclusions of the Commission on the Status of Women, in particular those relevant to the girl child,
Recalling also all human rights and other instruments relevant to the rights of the child, in particular the girl child, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 3 and the Optional Protocols thereto,
Recognizing that empowerment of and investment in girls, which are critical for economic growth, the achievement of all Millennium Development Goals, including the eradication of poverty and extreme poverty, as well as the meaningful participation of girls in decisions that affect them, are key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence and in promoting and protecting the full and effective enjoyment of their human rights, and recognizing also that empowering girls requires their active participation in decision-making processes and the active support and engagement of their parents, legal guardians, families and care providers, as well as boys and men and the wider community,
1. Decides to designate 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child, to be observed every year beginning in 2012;
2. Invites all Member States, relevant organizations of the United Nations system and other international organizations, as well as civil society, to observe the International Day of the Girl Child, and to raise awareness of the situation of girls around the world;
3. Requests the Secretary-General to bring the present resolution to the attention of all Member States and United Nations organizations. 89th plenary meeting 19 December 2011
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