International Day of the Girl 2023

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PPSEAWA celebrates the International Day of the Girl on 11 October 2023!

The theme was invest in Girls’ Rights: our leadership and well-being. As an organization devoted to the women and children in the Asia-Pacific region, PPSEAWA stands together with the Working Group on Girls (WGG) to ensure the human rights and inclusion of every child. PPSEAWA believes that girls need inclusive learning environments to exercise their voice and gain leadership skills. PPSEAWA ensure quality education for girls living in vulnerable conditions, such as school support for migrant children and their families along the border of Thailand, bringing STEM projects in villages from Fiji to Malaysia, and scholarships for girls at a school for the hearing impaired in India, founded by a member.

PPSEAWA members attended two United Nations events commemorating IDG:

  1. The 10th annual “UN for the Girls Speak Out”, sponsored by The Working Group on Girls, the Permanent Missions of Canada, Perú and Türkiye to the United Nations, UN Women, and UNFPA held in-person at the UN headquarters in New York.
  2. “Invest in Girls’ Rights: Our Leadership and Well-Being”, a webinar sponsored by UNICEF, UNFPA, UN Women, The Working Group on Girls, and Plan International. Adolescent girls ages 15-18 years from Bosnia, Ethiopia, Lebanon and Nigeria interacted with an expert panel from UN agencies including:

    -Lauren Rumble, Associate Director, Gender Equality, UNICEF

    -Pernille Fenger, Director, UNFPA Geneva

    -Chernor Bah, Minister of Information and Civic Education, Republic of Sierra Leone

    -Lopa Bannerjee, Director, Civil Society Division, UN Women