International Day of the Girl Child

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"Three priorities that can change the paradigm completely are girls' education, preventing their early marriage and enabling their safe mobility". Females around the world face threats, discrimination and other negative well-being.

People are encouraged to participate by posting pictures of places where they believe girls belong on social media with the hashtag #GirlBelongHere. We must address the concerns of parents, engage with them in making change possible. Investing in girls is investing in peace and prosperity, " it further added.

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The World Bank reported ending child marriage would increase the educational achievements and earning of girls and reduce population growth. The highest rates of child marriage occur in West and Central Africa, where 1.7 million illegal child marriages happen each year. In addition, adequate access to comprehensive sexuality education and reproductive health services, protection of themselves from sexually transmitted disease and teenage pregnancy continue to challenge their lives.

Girls have already changed the world for the better, and this generation has the power to magnify that change. We have to ease the financial burden on parents so that girls complete their education and take steps to fulfill their potential in their society and achieve their aspirations.

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Diplomatic missions in India have reaffirmed the strong commitment of their respective countries' to promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, and the advancement of their human rights.

On the occasion, Plan International is organising radio programmes that will see 300 young girls from across the country take on the role of radio presenters to discuss various issues related to girl child. In addition, it works with communities and groups to advocate for the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls.

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