Celebrating 2015 United Nations International Day of the Girl
featuring the Official Launch of the Justina Mutale Foundation for Leadership
Date: Thursday 29th October 2015
Hosted by Rt Hon Baroness Sandip Verma
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for International Development.
In Partnership with Universal Peace Federation (UPF) – UK
House of Lords, Westminster, London SW1A 0AA
Time 5.00 pm – 7.00 pm
You are cordially invited to the Celebrations of the 2015 United Nations International Day of the Girl, which will feature the Official Launch of the Justina Mutale Foundation for Leadership.
The United Nations International Day of the Girl, is held annually on 11th October to promote girls’ rights, highlight the gender inequalities that remain between girls and boys and to address the unique challenges that girls face worldwide.
The Justina Mutale Foundation for Leadership has been founded with the aim of contributing to the global efforts towards the actulaisation of the Global Goals for Sustainanble Development (SDGs) in respect of gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Rt. Hon. Baroness Sandip Verma
Member of the House of Lords and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for International Development.
107 (One Hundred and Seven) Year Old Vintage Model & former Teacher
President Elio D’Anna,
Founder & President of the European School of Economics
Her Excellency, Madame Sabine Balve
Founder & President, World Leaders Forum Dubai
Dr Cassandra Martinez-King
Chief Executive, London Petroleum Law & Management School
Secretary-General, Universal Peace Federation
Student/Film Maker and Young Leader
African Woman of the Year & UPF Ambassador for Peace
Founder & President, Justina Mutale Foundation for Leadership
Gender Equality Ambassador & Spokesperson, International Women’s Think Tank
The idea of the International Day of the Girl grew out of Plan International’s “Because I am a Girl” Campaign, which raises awareness of the importance of nurturing girls globally. Each year, Plan International produces a report titled “Because I am A Girl: The State of the World’s Girls”, which looks at the state of girls in the world, with particular focus on developing countries. The 2014 Report focused on the theme “Pathways to Power: Creating Sustainable Change for Adolescent Girls” and examined the importance of addressing the needs of girls at the different levels of power in society, in order to create sustainable change.
In response to the 2014 Report, we are marking the 2015 United Nations International Day of the Girl, with the Official Launch of the Justina Mutale Foundation for Leadership, which aims to educate, empower, inspire and motivate girls and women to excel in leadership roles. The Foundation also responds to the 20 year review of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action undertaken at the 59th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59), and the continued deficit of women’s wealth and effective contributions at high levels of the decision making process in business, politics, society, environment, academia, science and technology, and all other walks of life. The Foundation also aims to contribute to global efforts towards the actualisation of the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs) in respect of gender equality and women’s empowerment.
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