Green Party Statement for International Day of the Girl Child

OTTAWA - Today the Green Party of Canada marks the International Day of the Girl Child by acknowledging the vast amount of work still to be done to ensure a safe and equitable world for the world’s 1.1 billion  girls and to promote their empowerment and fulfill their human rights.

As the world looks on, girls in Afghanistan are being denied the most basic human rights, including the right to attend school, as the Taliban administration tightens its grip on the country.  According to the United Nations, worldwide nearly one in four girls aged 15 to 19 is neither employed nor in education or training compared to one in 10 boys. Around 435 million women and girls live on less than US$1.90 a day, including 47 million now experiencing poverty as a result of COVID-19.

In Canada, the Green Party reiterates its demand for the rapid implementation of all of the Calls for Justice from the Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and for increased efforts to protect, support and uplift Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA individuals.

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