Updates from October
International Day of the Girl Child
Actress and Because I am a Girl ambassador, Freida Pinto, joins Plan youth delegates to light up the Empire State Building in New York bright pink
The United Nations designated October 11th as International Day of the Girl Child to recognize girls’ rights and highlight the unique challenges and solutions to realizing these rights.
This year was focused on “Innovating for Girls’ Education” without forgetting the fundamental importance of human, health, and sexual and reproductive health rights.
On this day, the Permanent Missions of Canada, Peru and Turkey to the United Nations, hosted “Girls Speak Out: Showcasing Girl Activists from Around the World.”
At this special event, The Girl Declaration was handed over to the United Nations, which serves as a call to action for the Post-2015 agenda to increase its emphasis on adolescent girls and realize their need to have “safe, age appropriate health and nutrition information and services… they need to make the healthy transition into adulthood.”
To learn more about International Day of the Girl Child click here.
To learn more about The Girl Declaration click here.
The Roadmap for Childhood TB: Towards Zero Deaths
The World Health Organization, UNICEF, The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, USAID, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Treatment Action Group (TAG) and the Stop TB Partnership launched “The Roadmap for Childhood TB: Towards Zero Deaths” on Tuesday, October 1st. Drawing attention to the more than half a million children who fall ill with TB each year, the roadmap emphasizes the urgent need for public attention, prioritization, commitment and treatment funding for the disease. The Roadmap builds on the latest epidemiological knowledge to clearly outline 10 key actions to be taken at both the global and national level to address childhood TB.
To learn more and read the full report click here.
Global Handwashing Day
Global Handwashing Day, Tuesday, October 15th, is a campaign to motivate and mobilize millions around the world to clean their hands with soap. Every year, millions of children under the age of five lose their lives to diarrheal and respiratory diseases. The simple act of washing hands with soap can greatly reduce this risk. To learn more about the power of handwashing click here.
World Food Day
World Food Day, Wednesday, October 16th, marks the date of the founding of the Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 1945. The aim of World Food Day is to heighten public awareness of the global food scarcity problem and strengthen solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty. This year’s theme is Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition. To learn more about World Food Day click here.