World observes first International Day of the Girl Child

Published on October 12, 2012 at 4:59 AM · No Comments

On the first annual International Day of the Girl Child, observed October 11, "UNICEF and partners are highlighting joint efforts to end child marriage -- a fundamental human rights violation that impacts all aspects of a girl's life," the Times of India reports. "[A] series of events and actions are taking place throughout the world to draw attention to this critically important issue," a UNICEF press statement says, noting, "At U.N. Headquarters in New York, Archbishop Desmond Tutu will join UNICEF, UNFPA, and U.N. Women to discuss ways governments, civil society, U.N. agencies, and the private sector can come together to accelerate a decline in the practice of child marriage" (Gohain, 10/10).

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