The Second International Day of the Girl Child Conference, organized by the Aydın Doğan Foundation, UNFPA, UNICEF, and UN Women in consultation with the United Nations Results Group on Gender Equality, will be hosted at Istanbul Hilton Hotel on 11 October.
Under the theme of “Empowered Girls, Empowered Futures”, the conference organized to remove all obstacles faced by girls, to empower them and ensure they fully benefit from their rights will turn in its second year into an international platform with the attendance of world renowned figures.
The conference will take place on the "International Day of the Girl Child", marked every year on 11 October to call for commitment to prevent discrimination against girls. It will highlight the issues that girls in Turkey are facing in the field of education and underline the difference that education can make in their lives.
Leading names from Turkey and the world will join International Day of the Girl Child Conference to discuss the empowerment of girls while drawing attention to the importance of gender equality and education. The conference will host featured guests including British journalist Lesly Abdela known for her works on Women Rights and Representation in more than 40 countries; CNN International anchor Becky Anderson who frequently focuses on women’s issues in her programs; Richard Rowe, former deputy dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, who is a leading expert on the empowerment of children, families, and societies recognized both in his country and in the world; Monica Singh who has been a global symbol for violence against women after being the victim of an acid attack, Betty Makoni, Zimbabwean gender activist and the founder of the Girl Child Network helping young victims of sexual abuse in her country; the UN Women Youth Champion Tennille Amor known with her song "I'm a Girl" promoting gender equality; and UNICEF in Turkey’s National Ambassador Tuba Büyüküstün.
The International Day of the Girl Child Conference will include a main panel entitled "Looking Ahead to 2030: Sustainable Development Goals and Girls Empowerment” and several other panels, which will address critical topics such as "child marriage" and "refugee girls". The panel reserved for private sector representatives will focus on success stories of companies who have carried out projects on the subject.
Hanzade Doğan Boyner: “Our studying girls are the best guarantee for a bright future"
In a statement on the conference, Aydın Doğan Foundation Chairperson Hanzade Doğan Boyner said: "As the Aydın Doğan Foundation, we are thrilled in every step we take for the education of our girls. The success, determination and dreams of our girls, who receive education in 33 girl dormitories and in schools we built in 12 villages that didn’t have any school and whom we provided 50,000 scholarships as part of our Dad, Send Me To School campaign give us more hope for the future. We know that girls who study are essential and the best guarantee for a bright future... I hope that we will draw more attention on this issue with our conference. I would like to thank all of our business partners and supporters who worked with us and stood by us.
Kamal Malhotra: “Implementing the 2030 development agenda is our priority”
United Nations Resident Representative and UNDP Representative Kamal Malhotra, who will make the opening speech of the conference, said: “In September 2015, the world came together to endorse the 2030 Agenda as the blueprint for “leaving no one behind”. We as the international community, civil society and private sector partners cannot miss this opportunity to make the empowerment of girls a reality.”