Oct 11: Girls to take over the world

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Bangkok—From Thailand to Timor-Leste and Bangladesh to Canada, girls across the world will stage a historic “takeover” on 11 October as they become Presidents, Mayors, CEOs and TV presenters for a day to raise their voice for justice and equality.
Girls will hold over 200 “takeovers” in more than 50 countries to mark the International Day of the Girl. The first female President of Nepal, Bidhya Devi, Bhandari set the scene a week early on 5 October. She will be followed by leading figures in political, economic and social spheres who will be stepping aside for girls to take charge.
By occupying spaces and places where they are rarely seen or heard, girls will be calling on governments to tear down the barriers that deny millions of them their rights.
The global action is being staged as part of child rights organisation Plan International’s Because I am a Girl movement, which advocates for all girls to have power and freedom to learn, lead, decide and thrive. “There is no country in the world where girls experience true gender equality. The takeover is a great statement of girls’ power and their ability to change the world. It also serves as a reminder to governments how millions of girls are held back and denied an equal chance in life just because they are girls,” said Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, CEO of Plan International.
Yohana Yembise, Indonesia’s Minister of Women Empowerment and Child Protection is handing over her office to girls for a day to support girls’ leadership. “I greatly support the Because I am a Girl movement as it prepares girls and young women to become future leaders. Girls and women play an important role. 11 October is a special day and I will be there with girls who will act as minister and minister’s deputies,” said Ms Yembise.
Discrimination results in girls and women remaining largely invisible in key areas of power and influence.—Email