UNGT and UNCG mark International Day of the Girl Child

UNCT-GH-DayoftheGirlChild-2016Senior High students of East Airport International School

12 October 2016, Accra, Ghana

The United Nations Gender Team (UNGT), supported by the UN Communication Group (UNCG), has held series of events to mark this year’s International Day of the Girl Child (IDGC) in Accra. Led by the United Nations Information Centre in Accra, the events included a media briefing to sensitise the local media on the significance of IDGC, and a student outreach event at a school.

A press statement calling for more investment in data gathering and application was issued at the press briefing which was attended by several media houses and UNCG members and UNCT members from IOM, UNESCO, WHO, UNDP and UNICEF. The United Nations Resident Coordinator, Christine Evans-Klock said: “Investment in data is necessary to be able to measure and understand the opportunities and challenges girls face, inform interventions by Government and development partners, and track progress towards meeting girls’ most pressing needs in Ghana.”

The UN Gender Team was also hosted by the East Airport International School where its Senior High students were engaged in discussions on gender, the girl child and the SDGs. Three students of the school made various presentations to demonstrate their understanding of the theme “The Relevance of Data in Tracking Developmental Progress”. The students were later addressed by Ms Selina Owusu of UNFPA and Prosper Nyavor of UNESCO who is also the Chairperson of the UNGT.