UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that investing in girls is investing in our common future.
His remarks came on the celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child. He said that the world celebrates the lives and achievements of girls across the world.
He added that now more than ever, we must renew our commitment to work together so that girls enjoy and exercise their rights and can play a full and equal part in their communities and societies.
Guterres explained that when girls are supported to realize their human rights, they can reach their potential, and create a better world for themselves, and their communities and societies.
Also, when girls are educated, they are more likely to lead healthy, productive, and fulfilling lives.
He continued that when girls receive the right healthcare, they grow up with greater self-confidence and bodily autonomy.
“When girls understand their rights, including the right to live without the threat of violence, they are more likely to stay safe and report abuse,” Guterres said.
He mentioned that, many girls today face enormous challenges, they may have had their education ended by the COVID-19 pandemic, they may have been forced from their homes by conflict. They may be unable to exercise their sexual and reproductive rights.
“I am extremely concerned by the continued exclusion of girls from school in Afghanistan. This is deeply damaging to girls themselves, and to a country that desperately needs their energy and contributions. I once again urge the Taliban to let girls learn,” Guterres said.
“On the International Day of the Girl Child, let’s redouble our efforts to make sure girls everywhere are healthy, educated and safe,” he concluded.