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RAISING GIRLS’ VOICES IN THE SDGs
The Justina Mutale Foundation will host an International Day of the Girl Summit at the European Parliament in the UK, situated at Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU on Friday 28 October 2016, from 4.30 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.
Dr. Justina Mutale: The initiator of the program.
The Summit, held in partnership with the UK National Alliance of Women’s Organisations (NAWO), will commemorate the 5th Anniversary of the International Day of the Girl, with a focus on the United Nations theme for 2016: "Adolescent Girls and the Sustainable Development Goals".
Delegates at the Summit will highlight the need to raise the voice of the adolescent girl in the achievement of the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Goals, which aim to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment by the year 2030.
“The adolescent girl is our next generation woman. By the year 2030, the adolescent girl will be the adult, she will be the guardian of the world, the decision maker, the policy maker, the manager and the leader. The Adolescent girl therefore, needs to have a voice in the process of the SDGs”. Says Dr Justina Mutale, Founder of the Justina Mutale Foundation.
The International Day of the Girl Summit will provide a space and an avenue for delegates and participants to understand how women and girls are affected by each of the 17 proposed Global Goals for Sustainable Development and to highlight the need for the adolescent girl to play an integral part in the process of achieving the SDGs.
Relevant regional reports will be presented to share information on the state of girls around the world and to highlight Ideas, Realities, Challenges, Opportunities, and Responsibilities in engaging the adolescent girl. The Summit will conclude with recommendations to chart a way forward for Europe's role in enabling the adolescent girl across the globe to navigate the SDGs landscape.
Speakers will include a team of 10 year-old school girls from St Luke’s Primary School in London; and a team of students from the Women & Politics Society at Kings College. The Hon. Jean Lambert MEP, Green Party Member of the European Parliament will be the Guest of Honour and will deliver the Keynote Address. Other Speakers Include, Talulla Amedu, 11 Year-Old Gender Activist; Justina Mutale, Founder, Justina Mutale Foundation; Rainatou Sow, Founder, Make Every Woman Count (MEWC); Lucy Russell, Girls’ Rights Campaign Manager at Plan International UK; Dr Joseph Chilengi, President, African Union Economic, Social and Cultural Council (AU-ECOSOCC); Neda Salmanpour, Vice Chair, National Alliance of Women’s Organisations; Josey Mahachi-John, TV Host and Presenter at Click Africa Mnet DSTV; and Alexandra Ruo-Fan Wang, Politics Student at Kings College.
For further information please contact:
Programmes Development Manager, Justina Mutale Foundation