Girls around the world want their rights to be protected: UN Women

International Day of the Girl Child 2012

Too many girls around the world suffer sexual abuse and violence but they want their rights to be promoted and protected.

That's the message from Michelle Bachelet, the head of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women, known as UN Women, on the first International Day of the Girl Child.

The theme for the day, observed on October 11, is "Ending Child Marriage."

Michelle Bachelet says that UN Women will continue to support girls in their struggle for equality.

"We all are born equal yet today too many girls suffer sexual abuse and violence. Thirty two million girls are not in primary school. Too many girls are married while they are still children and too many adolescent girls are denied the rights to sexual reproductive health information and services. Girls around the world want their voices to be heard and they want their rights to be promoted and protected."

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