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International Day of the Girl Child

Karen Young Women's Leadership School

Karen Young Women’s Leadership School students. Photo: Claire White.

Today, October 11, is the first annual International Day of the Girl Child.

On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognise girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.

In recognition of the day, IWDA would like to highlight some of our partners’ work with young women and girls. Download our PDF “IWDA working with youth” to understand some of the ways our partners in Asia and the Pacific are currently supporting the next generation of women to take control of their rights.

Partners featured include:

  • Hagar – an organisation that provides career mentoring for marginalised young women in Phnom Penh.
  • fem’LINKPACIFIC – whose Generation Next program is empowering young women to become radio broadcasters in Fiji
  • Tulele Peisa – a woman-led organisation coordinating speaking tours with youth from the first community in the world to be relocated in response to climate change
  • Karen Women’s Organisation – whose Karen Young Women’s Leadership School provides a 12-month training on rights and gender issues for displaced young women on the Thai Burma border
  • Palaung Women’s Organisation – which operates a Youth Exchange as part of a long-term strategy to inform community perceptions that influence violence against women

IWDA working with youth

Download the PDF to access detailed information on these programs.


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