The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) will join the rest of the world in celebrating the ‘International Day of the Girl Child’, tomorrow, October 11.
The day is celebrated under the global theme, “Girls’ Progress: A Global Girl Data Movement,” while the national theme is ‘’Make it Count: Advancing an Integrated Movement for Girls Empowerment,” , a MoGCSP press release has said.
The Adolescent Girls’ Division of MoGCSP, along with its partners, has organized a weeklong series of activities to mark this year’s celebration.
The celebration, which gives a unique space to advance the rights of girls, is also geared towards increasing awareness and support for the rights of girls across Liberia through dialogue with duty bearers, bringing them closer to challenging issues faced by young women and girls, the MoGCSP press release indicated.
With about 1,000 persons targeted to represent the 15 counties, the national celebration is expected to take place in Monrovia with several activities, including a roundtable discussion and girls’ summit, an official launch of the girl’s manifesto, a parade, an essay contest, a book launch project and an official indoor program to climax the celebration.
Participants include students, members of the Adolescent Girls Working Group, UN partners, NGOs and INGOs, inter-governmental agencies, members of the National Legislature and Judiciary, as well as the media.
The United Nations General Assembly on December 19, 2011, adopted resolution 66/170 declaring October 11 each year as International Day of the Girl Child.
The reasons for its establishment is to promote girls’ human rights, highlight gender inequalities and address the various forms of discrimination and abuse girls suffer worldwide.