Labour MP Graeme Morrice has launched an Early Day Motion in parliament, supporting official recognition of the International Day of the Girl.
This comes after an extensive campaign by Plan to establish a dedicated day highlighting the rights and accomplishments of girls around the world.
As a result of Plan’s lobbying, last December the United Nations formally declared October 11th as International Day of the Girl.
Since the motion was tabled in the House of Commons on Tuesday, it has been signed by 13 MPs from across eight parties. Amongst the first to show their support were Conservative MP Peter Bottomley, Respect Party MP George Galloway and Andrew George, Liberal Democrat MP and former Shadow Minister for International Development.
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The recommendation submitted by MP Morrice urges the UK government to celebrate the International Day of the Girl on October 11 2012.
The motion also suggests that the House 'recognises the link between girls' education and poverty; acknowledges that 70 per cent of those in poverty worldwide are female; notes that one in three girls around the world is denied an education as a result of poverty, conflict or discrimination; and supports Plan's Because I Am A Girl campaign which aims to help girls reach their full potential.”
“The Day of the Girl will make girls feel respected, recognised and their contributions valued in society,” says Lil Shira from Cameroon, member of a Plan-supported delegation of girls at the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women.
Backing from the UK government for this international day will strengthen Plan's work to give more girls the education and support they need to make a positive change in their lives and communities.
Find out more about the International Day of the Girl.