The Girl Effect, in conjunction with the United Nations Foundation, will launch its Girl Declaration on the International Day of the Girl, October, 13th 2013. The Declaration serves as a call to action for the Post-2015 Agenda to increase its emphasis on adolescent girls living in poverty. In contrast to many other documents, the Girl Declaration highlights voices and stories from adolescent girls in the developing world rather than from organizations and government officials.
The Declaration consists of five recommended goals from the girls’ point of view:
- Re-orient health systems to work for adolescent girls
- Give adolescent girls equitable, quality education and learning
- Eradicate child marriage, FGM/C and other harmful practices
- Build and protect adolescent girls’ economic assets
- Prevent and respond to all forms of violence against adolescent girls
Additionally, the Declaration includes five principles of success:
- Invest early and at key stages
- Make adolescent girls visible
- Budget for adolescent girls
- Design for adolescent girls
- Eradicate harmful social norms
The Nike Foundation’s Girl Effect and the UN Foundation presented The Girl Tree at Women Deliver to promote the Declaration’s launch. The Tree’s 250 stories represent the 250 million untold stories from girls around the world, serving as a creative and powerful reminder of the importance of the Declaration’s mission.
Rwandan representatives from Ni Nyampinga opened the discussion surrounding The Girl Tree with questions directed at Maria Eitel, Founder of the Nike Foundation, and Kathy Calvin, President and CEO of the UN Foundation. Girls’ Globe Blogger Diane Fender participated in the Q and A by posing a question related to direct follow up with the 250 storytellers. Eitel and Calvin responded that The Girl Tree exists to represent the collective voice of adolescent girls around the world rather than only focusing solely on the 250 personal accounts of poverty.
Girls’ Globe bloggers eagerly signed the Declaration and Blogger Justine Stacey became its 500th signature!
You can help!
Raise your voice and sign the Declaration to promote adolescent girls’ rights in the Post-2015 Agenda.
Blog Post by: Diane Fender and Elisabeth Epstein