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UN Secy Gen stresses gender equality ahead of Int’l Day of Girl

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 10th October, 2020 07:49:53 PM
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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged all to ensure gender equality and create a better world for safety of women on the occasion of International Day of the Girl.

United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) issued a press release quoting statement of the Secretary General as International Day of the Girl is scheduled to be held on Sunday.

“As we strengthen the response to the pandemic and plan for a strong recovery, we have an opportunity to create a better, fairer, more equal world for girls everywhere. The best way to achieve this is by following the leadership of girls themselves,” he said.

This year’s theme, “My Voice: Our Equal Future” calls for amplifying the voices of adolescent girls, and putting their needs at the forefront of laws, policies and practices in every country and community around the world.

The gaps between girls and boys remain unacceptably wide and adolescent girls are locked out of opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), not for lack of talent or ambition — but because they are girls, said a press release sent by UNIC on Saturday.

Globally, the percentage of women among graduates in these subjects is below 15 percent in over two-thirds of countries and it doesn’t have to be this way.

“We must support girls by giving them access to the tools they need to shape their own destinies. That includes the technological skills, connectivity and safety they need to thrive in a digital world. We can all draw inspiration from the adolescent girls who are taking the lead and shaping better lives for themselves — and for others.”

Terming teenage girls new leaders of the time, he said the teens are creating global movements for change and are ready for the challenge.

”On this International Day of the Girl, let’s stand together with them and for them. Let’s nourish their talents, amplify their voices and work together for a better, more equal future for us all.”