The Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, described the adolescent girls, with the global movements they create for change, as the new leaders of our time, calling for uniting ranks with them and for them.
In a message, Guterres said that this year we celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child, which falls on October 11, at a time when the world is witnessing the COVID-19 pandemic and the renewal of movements calling for social justice.
He added that as we strengthen ways to address the pandemic and plan to recover from its effects, "we have an opportunity to create a better, fairer and more equal world for girls everywhere, and the best way to achieve this is to follow the leadership flag raised by the girls themselves."
Guterres indicated that the theme of this year's celebration is “My Voice: Our Equal Future,” which calls for us to “raise the voice of adolescent girls and put their needs at the fore when drafting laws, policies and practices in every country and society around the world.”
Guterres noted that the gap between girls and boys is still unacceptably wide. "Adolescent girls are deprived of opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, not because of a lack of their talents or ambitions - but because they are girls."
"We can all be inspired by adolescent girls who are taking the lead and creating a better life for themselves - and for others," concluded the Secretary-General.
Source: UN News