Oct 11, 2018 16:13 Asia/Tehran
  • Guterres: Girls should be supported so they can realize their full potential & abilities

On international girl child day, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres calls for supporting every girl to reach her full potential.

America: According to an Iran Press report, Antonio Guterres in his message on the International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October 2018, called for recommitment to supporting every girl to develop her skills, enter the workforce on equal terms and reach her full potential.

United Nations Secretary-General in his message stated: Today, 600 million adolescent girls are preparing to enter a world of work transformed by innovation and automation. They are the largest generation in history and a vast source of ideas and solutions for all career fields. However, girls are mostly not given the space and opportunities they need to achieve their full potential. Multiple barriers exist  include systematic discrimination, biases and lack of training.

He added, "We need concerted efforts to overcome the obstacles that mean that, for example, women make up less than 30 per cent of graduates in information and communications technology and occupy less than 30 per cent of research and development jobs worldwide."

Negative gender stereotypes related to girls’ education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics begin as early as primary school, and have the devastating effect of making them doubt their own potential.  

Guterres continued by saying: "Although the number of girls attending school is the highest ever, many are still not getting the skills necessary for lifelong success. Moreover, it is estimated that five years from now, over one-third of the abilities considered important in today’s workforce will have changed."

He added, "We need to equip girls with transferable and lifelong skills such as critical thinking, creativity and digital awareness. Having role models will also be critical, especially in the sciences and other fields where the presence of women is sparse."

At the end of the message, United Nations Secretary-General stated: "To help empower young people, I recently launched "Youth 2030", a strategy that aims to work with them, understand their needs and help put their ideas into action. On this International Day of the Girl, let us recommit to supporting every girl to develop her skills, enter the workforce on equal terms and reach her full potential."

The International day of the girl child is celebrated annually on 11th October. The main aims of the day are to promote girl’s empowerment and fulfilment of their human rights while also highlighting the challenges that girls all over the world face.

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