UN – Empowering Adolescent Girls; End Cycle of Violence

United Nations (UN) has appealed to several governments, pilule civil society, and public and private institutions to join forces to reaffirm their commitment to end the scourge of violence against adolescent girls and to promote their empowerment.

This comes as the world marks the International Day of the Girl Child (IDGC) under the theme; Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence.

In their statement, UN noted that this can be done through investing in adolescent girls by equipping them with skills, confidence, and life options: through family, schools, technical and vocational education and training, and health, social and economic support systems.

Making infrastructure, services, and technology accessible to girls and effective in meeting their needs for safety, connectivity and mobility

Facilitating adolescent girls’ engagement in civic, economic and political life; continuing to advocate for making violence against girls and women visible and unacceptable both in private and public domains.

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

To take efforts to end all forms of violence against girls and women to the next level, it is important that we focus on adolescent girls and move beyond awareness-raising to investments in and support for this critical group that will shape the present and the future.

Building on the United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, we must look at the opportunities initiatives such as Education for All and the global movement to end child marriage provide to empower adolescent girls and must ensure that they are protected from harm, are supported by family and friends, and are able to act in their own interest.


It is time to consolidate good practice and focus on actions and results, paving the way for a more gender-equitable post-2015 development agenda and review of progress against the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

IDGC is intended to draw attention to the uncontested fact that everywhere in the world girls face some sort of discrimination. To be free from violence, to have access to education, to be able to work or own land, to gain in inheritance or to decide when and whether to marry are rights many girls and women do not enjoy.

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