Plan International Liberia Celebrates International Day of the Girl Child

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Plan lnternational Liberia joins its global family to celebrate this year’s International Day of the Girl Child

GIRL CHILD, (lDG) with Girls Takeover events planned from 5 to 10 0ctober, 2018 in Monrovia and

Counties of the Plan international Liberia’s interventions. Under the theme “With her, a skilled girl force.”

More than 100 girls have been mobilized to form part of the celebration which will include girls’ advocacy on issues affecting them via national radios, community outreach, a learning session, and actual takeover of seats on October 9,2018, at selected offices of GOL ministries, NGOs, and business establishments in and out of Monrovia as leaders in decision making for a day.

Girls Takeover provides opportunities for girls to gain a deeper understanding of leadership work, building

enthusiasm and understanding of a particular working environment, while providing a platform to be

heard. The exercise also aims to inspire girls for leadership roles in the political economy, and social spaces,

and to highlight issues around girls’ right to learn, lead, decide, and thrive. During the takeover

exercises, the girls are expected to engage influential and high-level decision-makers including the general public on issues relating to girls’ rights, and at the same time distribute flyers, banners, and posters with messages around girls’ issues.

Plan lnternational Liberia, as a developmental partner joined and supported the Government of Liberia in

celebrating all lDGs in the past through technical and material support to ensure the successful celebration of the IDG in Liberia.

On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 65/170 declaring

October 1 of each year as “International Day of the Girl Child (lDG)”. Some major reasons for the

establishment of the day are: to promote girls’ human rights, highlight gender inequalities that remain

between girls and boys and address the various forms of discrimination and abuse suffered by girls around

the world. The observance of IDG in Liberia has been marked by awareness raising and engagement of

stakeholders on the importance of involving girls in programs and policies at all levels.