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Ottawa, Oct 11 (Canadian-Media): A letter written by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations (UN) Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, to girls on International Day of the Girl Child said that it was a critical time for the girls of our world, media reports said.
The letter said that it was a time for the protection and assertion of rights of the girls and women to to pay close attention to their concerns.
The girls have to act together with men and boys to determine a lived equality for all and the ending of violence against women and girls so that they raise to defend their rights.
The letter said, "We are working to shift the burden of shame to those who commit the abuse...urge all institutions, public and private, to do the same...to call on them to put survivors at the centre, upholding the highest standards of respect, with zero impunity"
National and international movements like ‘#MeToo,’ ‘#TimesUp,’ ‘#BalanceTonPorc,’ ‘#NiUnaMenos and UN Women’s #HearMeToo, read the letter, have brought momentum and we must continue to end the impunity not only of individuals but also of institutions.
The letter concluded, "Ending violence against women and girls is at the heart of our work and a central part of fighting for gender equality. On this Day, we stand with girls everywhere as they inspire, innovate and take charge of their own future. We celebrate the strength and the potential of the 1.1 billion girls in today’s world who are challenging the status quo, raising their voices against violence, innovating technology to solve global challenges, standing up for the environment, and preparing to lead."
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued today the following statement where he said: "In Canada and around the globe, girls are changing their communities and shaping their societies for the better. They show us that when girls have the support and opportunities to achieve their highest potential, they transform our world."
Today Trudeau shared an image of her daughter Ella-Grace Margaret on social media on the occasion of the international day of the girl where Ella is seen sitting on a chair, probably which belongs to her father, while Trudeau is standing at a corner.
Trudeau tweeted as follows:
"Yet even in 2018, girls across the board face higher rates of violence, poverty, discrimination, and other systemic barriers that hold them back. It’s long past time for that to change. The activists on the frontlines of that fight are girls – demanding their rights be respected and that their voices be heard."
Trudeau also emphasised how "women in the workforce have been one of the most powerful sources of growth in recent decades".
His statement reads, "In Canada, women in the workforce have been one of the most powerful sources of growth in recent decades – but we need to do more to increase girls’ access to career guidance, mentorship, and networks they need to transition from school to work.
"The Government of Canada is expanding training and education programs for women and girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, and helping girls enter careers in skilled trades through the new Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women. These measures will help reduce gender gaps and build a more prosperous future for all Canadians."
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)