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Sunday proclaims as Intl girl Childs Day

Release/Benjamin S. Taingay
Feature Liberia leaders.
Feature Liberia leaders.

( 10, 2015)-Liberia’s Head of Government, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has by proclamation declared Sunday, October 11, 2015 as "International Day of The Girl Child."

The day will, however, be observed Monday, October 12, 2015 throughout the Liberia as a Working Holiday, because Sunday is a Christian holiday in the country.

According to a Foreign Ministry release quoting the proclamation, this year's (2015) International Day of the Girl Child will be celebrated under the international theme, "The Power Of The Adolescent Girl: Vision 2030."

The day will also be celebrated under the national theme, "Ensuring Quality Education for Girl’s Empowerment," in recognition of the importance of investing in Adolescent Girls' empowerment and rights.

The Proclamation calls on local and international organizations, UNICEF, Plan-Liberia, Ministries and agencies of Government to join the Ministry Of Gender and Children Protection in executing   appropriate programs befitting the Day.

The Proclamation also states that over the last 15 years, the global community has made significant progress in improving the livelihood of girls through quality secondary and higher education, and avoiding child marriage.

The President, in her declaration, also recognized the global community significant progress in receiving information and services related to puberty and productive health, cautioning them about unwanted pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and gender-based violence.

On December 19 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 declaring October 11 to be observed each year as the International Day of the Girl Child.

The International Day of the Girl Child is in recognition of girls' rights, the unique challenges they are being faced with around the world, and in acknowledgement of the importance of empowerment of and investment in girls.

The recognition of girls’ rights and acknowledging the importance of investing in girls are critical for the eradication of poverty and for breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence, the proclamation added.


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