The Girl Declaration: One year in, one year to go
an article by The Girl Effect Team
Last weekend marked the one-year anniversary of the Girl
Declaration. One year since girls from Egypt, Burkina Faso and
Nepal presented the declaration to the United Nations on
International Day of the Girl 2013. And one year since the declaration received support from UN
secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, who declared, "To shape a
beyond , we must address the concerns and potential of the
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2015 is fast approaching. The Millennium Development Goals
expire next September, and it's crucial that the new set of
development goals not only includes girls, but puts them at the
heart of the agenda. The Girl Declaration is a tool designed to do
Over the past year, the response to the Girl Declaration has
been incredible. It's been featured at 18 global events in 13
cities across the world, and momentum continues to build. The long
list of signatories to show their support reads like a who's who of
the world's most influential figures: Oprah Winfrey, Malala
Yousafzai, Desmond Tutu, Ban Ki-moon, Chelsea Clinton - the list of 150+ signatories goes on.
In February, 50 girls
took the Girl Declaration to the African Union summit and read
it aloud, prompting UN Special Advisor on Post-2015 Development
Planning Amina Mohammed to say: "The declaration is the very least
of what [girls] have a right to. We shouldn't be asking, we should
During the Commission on the Status of Women this past March,
the Girl Declaration was featured in a special panel discussion. It
waves at the Global Child Forum in Stockholm in April, where
Nike Foundation VP and managing director Howard Taylor and Plan
International CEO Nigel Chapman took it to the podium.
The Girl Declaration was shaped by the voices of 508 girls living in poverty across 14
countries. Girls like 16-year-old Andressa, who told us about
the mounting violence where she lives in Brazil and how she hopes
to become a paediatrician one day. Or the girls from Nigeria, who spoke of an unfair
expensive education system, often skewed towards boys. Our consultations proved beyond doubt that
girls know exactly what they need, and the Girl Declaration was
drawn up so that we can deliver it for them.
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The Girl Declaration puts to paper - and to the rest of the world - girls' thoughts and aspirations. Put simply,it is a robust, clearly laid out set of objectives and goals to take and incorporate into the post-2015 agenda. It's is a how-to document on ending global poverty within a generation.
There are less than 400 days left in the post-2015 agenda-setting process, which means that there are less than 400 days to make sure girls are wholly embedded in the new agenda that's drawn up.
Before the end of this year, UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon will publish his synthesis report, which will bring together all of the work that's been done on the post-2015 agenda so far. It will also provide an overview of emerging issues in advance of the World Economic Forum meeting in January. After that, inter-governmental meetings will take place to dive into the details before the final high-level meetings next September.
With the potential to influence over $2 trillion of official development assistance over the next 15 years, your help is needed to ensure girls are at the front and centre of the intergovernmental negotiations to come.
This week, celebrate the Girl Declaration's anniversary with us by making it impossible to ignore. We need your support to how our global leaders that the world cares about girls.
Continue to build momentum online by using #GirlDeclaration, and start your own campaign by downloading the Girl Declaration Brand & Communications tool kit. You can also get in touch with your country's UN representative to urge them to prioritise girls next September. And, don't forget to ask your friends and family to sign up and pledge their support, too.
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