October 11th has been celebrated as the “International Day of the Girl Child” since 2012 by the decision of the member countries of the United Nations.
This decision was made through the suggestions of Turkey, Canada and Peru, and it was stated in the decision that supporting and empowering girls and investing in them was of the utmost importance in achieving “United Nations Millennium Development Goals” and ensuring that girls participate in the decisions that affect them. It was further stated that to achieve this meant that discrimination and violence against girls should be prevented and that girls would benefit from complete and effective human rights. In addition to this, it was emphasized in the decision that families and societies must play a significant role in empowering girls.
The objectives of the International Day of the Girl Child that has been celebrated since 2012 correspond to the aims and activities of the Aydın Doğan Foundation. To that end, UNICEF, UNFPA, UN Women and UN Turkey collaborated in organizing a national conference for the International Day of the Girl Child on October 8th, 2015 to increase social awareness and provide a basis for advocacy activities regarding this issue.
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