Girls Speak Out will commence in one hour at the United Nations. There is live coverage starting at 3.00 p.m. (New York time) Follow here
Please understand that the poetry, songs and stories that will be performed at this year’s Girls Speak Out include depictions of girls’ experiences with difficult topics, including bulimia, rape, abuse and violence against girls. These stories represent many of the realities faced by girls around the world; it is with these stories that we elevate our voices and stand together for global girls’ rights. It’s a powerful message that may be best suited for girls over 13. Thank you!
Thanks, too, to the Working Group on Girls who is busy organizing the Girls Speak Out alongside the Missions of Canada, Peru, and Turkey.!
Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai and Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi share the Noble Peace this year.(2014) Congratulations to both! Malala is known to us all but Mr. Kailash Satyarthi may not be a familiar name. In an interview Mr Kailash Satyarthi was asked What is the child trafficking situation in India right now?
Mr. Satyarthi: Child trafficking is a serious problem and I think it’s growing fast. Intra-state trafficking within the country, for instance children who are trafficked from say Bihar or Jharkhand to Delhi, Mumbai or Kolkata to big cities and towns, has been increasing. So it’s a serious problem. Not hundreds of thousands, but I am afraid millions of children are trafficked within the country every year. We can say about 50 million children are working as child laborers, according to estimates of NGOs. Out of this, 20% or about 10 million are bonded child laborers. Most of the bonded child laborers are the trafficked ones. Some of the bonded child laborers are born in bondage which means their parents were bonded laborers. In cases of children working as bonded laborers outside their hometowns and villages, they are mostly trafficked children. So at least five million children out of 10 million are trafficked and in bondage. Read more
You can read about Malala and there is Short video included announcing the winners. This year’s choice affirms and reaffirms Girls’ Rights and the announcement was on the eve of the celebration of the International Day of the Girl.