The Girl Child Manifesto
The Girl Declaration is a call to action urging global leaders to put the welfare of girls at the heart of the post-2015 development agenda.
508 young girls living in poverty in 14 countries (including India) across 4 continents were asked what they need to enable them reach their potential. This declaration reflects their hopes and concerns, and presents seven guiding principles and five goals [education, safety, health, economic security and citizenship] to guide decision-makers everywhere.
In our parish we can bring awareness of the goals through our CCO/SCC activities, and use the guiding principles to shape our parish and SCC programmes, because investing in girls is not only a moral duty it is a smart economic decision. When girls grow up healthy, educated, safe and empowered they are better able to ensure their own well-being and that of their family and community. One extra year of education boosts a girl’s earning power by 10%. Building their capacity can drive solutions on issues ranging from climate change to peace and security. As Nobel (Peace 2014) laureate Kailash Satyarthi, founder of Global March Against Child Labour, and Bachpan Bachao Andolan, said, “When a girl picks up a pencil and starts writing, millions of guns are weakened.”
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