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Foreign Missions in India to celebrate International Day of the Girl
To commemorate the International Day of the Girl on October 11, over 20 diplomatic missions in New Delhi have come together to organise a range of activities highlighting the importance of the rights of women and girls around the world.
The undersigned diplomatic missions and other key government, local and international partners are supporting the following activities which will take place from October 7 to 11. These activities aim to support and complement India’s Beti Bachao - Beti Padhao campaign.
• A 2.6 kilometre "Run for Her" in the diplomatic enclave. Mission staff, students, and supporters will run alongside Shanti Path in support of girls' empowerment.
(The following missions contributed to sponsoring the special T-shirts for the run - )
• Later in the day, senior diplomats will engage with students at the IILM Institute for Higher Education in a “Chat with Diplomats” session on the theme of “Glass ceiling or a sticky floor?” that will focus on women in leadership roles.
October 10 and 11: As a visual expression of support for the International Day of the Girl, participating missions will illuminate their buildings with pink lights. In addition, the missions will organize activities such as “Bring your daughter to work”. In collaboration with the Archaeological Survey of India, the Missions will light-up the Qutub Minar in pink.
Activities guide: In collaboration with several multilateral agencies and local partners, the foreign missions have produced an “International Day of the Girl Activity Guide” which can be used as a tool to educate and build awareness among students. The guide presents facts and activities that educators can use to highlight the challenges that girls face. The guide includes links to films and videos available to schools for screenings. The guide also promotes “Gender Champions,” an initiative by the Ministry of Women and Child Development that encourages the establishment of “Girls Clubs” in schools to promote greater awareness about girls’ rights, justice, and gender equality.
Social media: All activities will be promoted on social media with hashtags #IDGC2016, #BetiBachaoBetiPadhao and #IDGCINDIA. You can also participate in the #SelfiewithDaughter / granddaughter / daughterinlaw campaigns.
Participating foreign missions:
• European Union
• New Zealand
• United States of America
• United Kingdom
• South Africa
Other key partners:
• International Centre for Research on Women
• Ministry of Women and Child Development
• Archaeological Survey of India
• Plan International Canada
• UN Women
Note for editors: In 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring October 11 as International Day of the Girl. The day aims to galvanize global commitments to end gender stereotypes, discrimination, violence, and economic disparities that disproportionately affect girls.
For additional information, contact:
High Commission of Canada, New Delhi - Archana Mirajkar / Smriti Saxena;
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