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International Day of the Girl Child 11 October

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Sustainable Development Goal 5

First International Day of the Girl Child

Following an extensive campaign by non-governmental organizations, the United Nations declared 11 October the Day of the Girl Child. You can read the official proclamation from the United Nations here

Find out about the virtual summit held to celebrate the first Day of the Girl in 2012 here. The website also shares videos, photos and stories for summits held since then.

The Beijing Platform for Action

Promoting the rights of the girl child was a strategic objective of the Beijing Platform for Action. The recommended actions are here.

How much progress do you think has been made since 1995?

From Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals

The Millennium Development Goals included gender justice as MDG3. Speaking at the Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences’ Bishops’ Institute for Social Action VIII, I used data on the MDG3 indicators to describe the social reality. Scripture and Catholic Social Teaching then framed suggestions for response. The text is here.

Following on from the Millennium Development Goals the international community has embraced the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls is number 5 of 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

You can read about the targets and indicators for SDG5 here. What action can you, your local community, school or church group take as your next step towards achieving SDG5?

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