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The Girl Child in Global Perspective

Jun 25, 2023
Title of the webinar and presenter's image, pictures of 4 girls studying, playing the piano and working on computer

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This webinar situates the girl child (and her rights) within the global gender equality issue area and, more broadly, that of human rights. It treats the key factors that hem in girls’ progress across the world, limiting their life chances–among them, early marriage, domestic and sexual abuse, trafficking, and access to education. It weighs progress to address the tall challenges, even as it celebrates the achievements in light of UN conventions and Sustainable Goals. Given the Bahá’í auspices of the Series, the webinar brings to bear the Faith’s teachings on the equality of women and men and strong emphasis on the education of girls. Participants leave with the tools to analyze the daily challenges girls face in many parts of our world and with a heightened sense of how urgent safeguarding their well-being is to forging a more equal, just, and unified world. The call to action involves our individual and collective moral duty to assist in this enterprise, as we approach the eleventh year of the International Day of the Girl.

Supplementary Resources

Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action*

The Fourth World Conference on Women,
Having met in Beijing from 4 to 15 September 1995,

Adopts the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which are annexed to the present resolution;

Recommends to the General Assembly of the United Nations at its fiftieth session that it endorse the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action as adopted by the Conference.

Beijing+25: Accelerating Progress for Women and Girls (PDF)

Convention on the Rights of the Child (PDF, 1989/90)

Girl Child Report. Every Girl Counts Development, Justice and Gender (PDF)

Global Girlhood Report 2022: Girls on the Frontline (PDF)

Most Dangerous Ways To School (Free Documentary playlist on YouTube)

Progress on the sustainable development goals: The Gender Snapshot (PDF)

The Girl Child in Global Perspective: Issues and Challenges (PDF, Trevor McMorris Tate)



Trevor McMorris Tate

Trevor McMorris Tate grew up in the Caribbean and is now a Canadian citizen. He has been a professor at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Bellevue College, and Eastern Washington University. More recently, he has taught at the University of New Brunswick and, beginning in fall 2023, he will join the faculty in the Honors College on UMaine’s Orono campus. Trevor did his undergraduate studies at the University of the West Indies and post-graduate work at the University of Manitoba and Queen’s University (Ontario), where he received his Ph.D. in International Studies. Dr. Tate’s scholarship has appeared in the Journal of Peace Research and the Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics. His current research focuses on global governance, international norms, and the girl child. Dr. Tate is a past president of the UNA-USA/UN Foundation (Seattle), and has collaborated with civil-society organizations on Bahá’í projects. He has been a Bahá’í for much of his adult life, serving on many Baha’i institutions in Manitoba, Ontario, British Columbia, and Washington State.

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