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.
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.
Convention on the Rights of the Child (PDF, 1989/90)
Most Dangerous Ways To School (Free Documentary playlist on YouTube)
The Girl Child in Global Perspective: Issues and Challenges (PDF, Trevor McMorris Tate)