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Slovak Embassy joins activities to observe the International Day of the Girl Child

Slovak Embassy joins activities to observe the International Day of the Girl Child

11.10.2016 | Predsedníctvo SR v Rade EÚ |

Slovak Republic as an EU Presidency 2016 supported the coordinated activity of 25 missions in Delhi led by Canada, together with the government of India, international agencies and non-governmental organisations concerning the protection of women and children.

As a visual expression of support for the International Day of the Girl, on October 10 and 11, participating missions illuminated their buildings with pink lights, and the Archaeological Survey of India lit-up the Qutub Minar in pink as a visual expression of support for the International Day of the Girl.

On 10 October, the EU Delegation in collaboration with the Delhi Traffic Police arranged 4 critical traffic junctions in central Delhi to be managed by girls, while passing message 'Beti Bachao Beti Padhao' (Save the daughter, educate the daughter). Diplomats of the EU member states participated at the activity.

On 14 October a conference will be organised in Delhi targeting experts from the civil society, government and academia and launch the first findings of a study conducted by the project on the 'Status of the girl child in India 2016'. 

The International Day of the Girl Child (11 October) has been declared an international observance day by the United Nations, and celebrated first in 2012. The observation supports more opportunities for girls and increases awareness of gender equality issues, such as access to education, gender-based violence, female foeticide, child marriages and protection from discrimination.