Girls take a selfie with the Kans Grass flowers in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Oct. 5, 2020. (Xinhua)
BEIJING, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- October 11 marks International Day of the Girl Child. This special day celebrates the importance, power, and potential of girls around the world. It is a day to highlight girls' needs and the particular challenges they face, and drive efforts that meet these needs and fulfill their rights.
In 1995 at the World Conference on Women in Beijing, countries unanimously adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action - the most progressive blueprint ever for advancing the rights of women and girls.
On December 19, 2011, the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls' rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.
Women and girls are disproportionately affected in times of crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us of the existing inequalities and discrimination that girls face in the context of this pandemic.
The theme for this year is "My Voice, Our Equal Future". As we commemorate International Day of the Girl Child, let's seize the opportunity to recognize the needs for empowering women and girls, promoting gender equality, and addressing the particular vulnerability that girls and women face in the COVID-19 crisis.
An Afghan girl plays bowling during a competition at a club in Kabul, Afghanistan, Oct. 8, 2020. (Photo by Sayed Mominzadah/Xinhua)
Girls display local specialities during a live-streaming activity at a jade trading center in Hotan, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, May 27, 2020.(Xinhua/Sadat)
Pakistani girls participate in a cycling event to mark the International Day of the Girl Child in Karachi, Pakistan, on Oct. 11, 2019. (Str/Xinhua)
Girls from Muslim community chant slogans as they participate in a rally to mark International Day of Girl Child in Kathmandu, Nepal, Oct. 11, 2018. (Xinhua/Sunil Sharma)
Students attend an activity to mark International Day of the Girl Child in Vientiane, capital of Laos, Oct. 11, 2018. (Xinhua/Liu Ailun)
Malala Yousafzai (L) answers questions from young representatives after she was designated as the United Nations Messenger of Peace with a special focus on girls' education at the UN headquarters in New York, on April 10, 2017. (Xinhua/Li Muzi)
Afghan schoolgirls attend a class at a local school in Herat province, western Afghanistan, May 25, 2017. (Xinhua/Rahmine)
Children hold their banners to support the International Day of the Girl Child campaign in Jakarta, Indonesia, Oct. 11, 2015. (Xinhua/Veri Sanovri)
Parents and their children attend the International Day of the Girl Child campaign in Jakarta, capital of Indonesia, on Oct. 11, 2015. (Xinhua/Veri Sanovri) ■