There is the need to uphold the equal rights, voices and influence of girls as they can be powerful agents of change, therefore nothing should keep them from participating fully in all areas of life.
Director, United Nations Information Centre, Mr Ronald Kayanja made this submission in Lagos at the Raising Girl Summit, an Initiative of the The Green Girl Company, Ltd, while delivering the 2019 message of the United Nations, Secretary General António Guterres
He stated that the day is set aside ‘to celebrate achievements by, with and for girls since the adoption of the landmark Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action – a comprehensive policy agenda for the empowerment of women and girls
According to the Secretary-General, to enable girl child reach her potential, excel in work place, there is the need for investment in 21st century skills, health, and safety.
Expressing delight that today, more than 1 billion girls younger than 18 are poised to take on the future as they are challenging stereotypes and breaking barriers.
‘Girls are organizing and leading movements to tackle issues such as child marriage, education inequality, violence and the climate crisis. As the theme of this year’s observance underscores, they are proving to be unscripted and unstoppable’.
He stated that across nearly 25 years, more girls have attended and completed school, fewer getting married or becoming mothers while still children themselves, and more gaining the skills they need to excel in the workplace.
The Secretary General, General António Guterres however advocated for concerted efforts and investments in their health, safety and 21st-century skills at ensuring that all girls reach their potential.
Messages were also released by Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on the International Day of the Girl, 11 October, UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for International Day of the Girl, 2019 and Ms Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of International Day of the Girl Child,
Several stakeholders including, UNESCO, GLOBAL Youth Leadership and Girl – Child Foundation Ibadan, International Charitable Initiative for Girl Child and Woman Development Foundation, Seraphim Outreach, Heart Minders, Alimosho Local Government, Soar Africa Foundation, Boundless Hands Africa, International Centre for Human Rights, Nonviolence and Safety Awareness and Youth for Human Rights International collaborated with United Nations Information Centre, UNIC, Nigeria to mark the day with several activities.