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International Day of the Girl 2021: “The digital generation, our generation”

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International Day of the Girl 2021: “The digital generation, our generation”

The female leadership we see today in Uganda is a testament to many years of political commitment to girls’ education and gender equality.

ENTEBBE, Uganda, October 11, 2021 / APO Group / –

It is my pleasure to join you this morning to mark International Day of the Girl Child. I have the honor to address you today on behalf of the United Nations system in Uganda.

The message behind the celebration of October 11 as International Day of the Girl is simple: girls are disadvantaged and do not enjoy their basic human rights.

Gender and age discrimination are at the heart of the violation of girls’ rights. The world needs a profound social transformation to support girls’ rights.

Uganda has made remarkable strides towards empowering girls. The female leadership we see today in Uganda is a testament to many years of political commitment to girls’ education and gender equity.

With you, Honorable Janet Kataaha Museveni, First Lady of Uganda, as Head of Ministry of Education and Sports, Honorable Ms Ongom, as Minister of Gender, Labor and Social Development, Honorable Ms Mateke in as Minister of State for Youth and Children’s Affairs, and with women serving as vice president and prime minister, Uganda is now well positioned to address the remaining challenges that hold back young girls .

This year the world is celebrating International Day of the Girl Child under the theme “Digital Generation, Our Generation”. The world must ensure that girls, especially in developing countries, can reap the rewards of the technological revolution that has reshaped the lives of every human being. When COVID-19 required unprecedented public health measures such as frequent closures and the closure of schools and businesses, companies with advanced digital technology were able to ensure continuity of learning and productivity economic.

We must ensure that girls in developing countries participate in the digital transformation. Otherwise, they will continue to be left behind due to the digital divide. Today, millions of illiterate girls who never go to school or who have dropped out of school due to poverty, early marriage and pregnancy have little hope of being part of the digital generation. So, let’s join our efforts to educate every girl and protect every girl from the ailments of teenage pregnancy and early marriage.

The United Nations system in Uganda would like to congratulate the Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development for making International Day of the Girl Child exceptional this year. The launch of the revised guidelines for the prevention and management of teenage pregnancy in schools and the launch of a multimedia campaign targeting parents to protect and promote the well-being of children at home during the COVID pandemic- 19 on the occasion of the International Day of the Girl make this day unique.

Honorable Minister of Education and Sports, Honorable Minister of Gender, Labor and Social Development,

I assure you of the commitment of the entire United Nations system to support all of your sincere efforts to educate and empower every girl in Uganda. You can count on the United Nations system and all development partners in Uganda to ensure that no girl is left behind.

I wish all girls and boys in Uganda a happy International Day of the Girl Child.

Thank you

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