Nepal has observed the International Day of the Girl Child 2017 on October 11, 2017 with various programs planned across the nation.
A special campaign has been planned involving girls allowing them to raise questions on their key concerns.
Under the special movement titled ‘Because I am a Girl’, around 300 young girls will be playing the roles of radio program presenters and journalists and lead the radio talk shows at around 300 community radios across 75 districts of the country.
Because I am a Girl’ is the global movement jointly being organized by the Plan International and the Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (ACORAB).
“The radio takeover is a unique opportunity for girls to discuss their issues with policymakers, leaders and activists, and seek strong commitment from them: as agents of change girls will remind them to take positive actions and use their positions to influence changes in policy and practice, and promote equality and justice for girls,” Sven Coppens, Country Director of Plan International Nepal said in a statement.
According to Coppens, all these 300 girls, through these 300 takeovers, will demand changes against the discrimination and prejudice that holds them back in private and public life.
This program is part of the global initiative called ‘Because I am a Girl’ and is a Girls’ Movement that voices for their potential and societal justice.
“When girls get equal opportunities and equal chances in life, they can transform their lives and ensure development and prosperity of their communities,” adds Coppens.
Meanwhile, Subash Khatiwada, President of ACORAB Nepal informed, “Leadership capacity of 300 young girls will be developed and girls’ issues will be discussed throughout the country on the same day through this program.”
On the occasion, Plan International Nepal and ACORAB have entered into a collaboration to promote girls’ rights in Nepal through various media initiatives.
It was in 2011 that the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) passed a resolution adopting October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child in recognition of girls’ rights and challenges being faced by the girl community across the world.