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Let girls be girls and support their progress everywhere: UN-Women on IDGC
Today, the International Day of the Girl Child (IDGC, October 11) is being observed across the world with the theme "Girls' Progress = Goals' Progress: A Global Girl Data Movement". On the occasion of the IDGC, the UN Women has urged the world community to 'support girls' progress everywhere' and 'let girls be girls'.

The UN-Women has called for 'action for increased investment in collecting and analyzing girl-focused, girl-relevant and sex-disaggregated data' to address the 'issues that are holding them back is critical for fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals'.

The IDGC observance was declared by the United Nations on October 11 in the year 2012, after an initiative of Plan International, to support more opportunity for girls and increases awareness of gender inequality faced by girls worldwide based upon their gender.

According to the UN, gender equality includes areas such as right to education/access to education, nutrition, legal rights, medical care, and protection from discrimination, violence against women and un-free child marriage.

Currently, the UN believes that empowerment of and investment in girls is essential for the achievement of all Millennium Development Goals by breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence and in promoting and protecting the full and effective enjoyment of their human rights, and recognising also that empowering girls requires their active participation in decision-making processes.

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