IDGC 2013 - Joint UN Initiative
In December 2011, the UN declared that it would annually observe the International Day of the Girl Child, starting October 11, 2012. The UN promotes the day recognizing the need to raise awareness on discrimination and violence against girls, and a violation of their human rights on a daily basis. This year's IDGC in Sri Lanka will focus on promoting and advocate for girls’ rights in Sri Lanka focusing on but not confined to, the worst forms of child labour, including the challenging surrounding child domestic work. The theme is important because despite achievements in child labour and having a national list of 51 hazardous forms of child labour, the worst forms are still prevalent, including children in domestic labour, which has been missed from policy efforts to address child wellbeing
The United Nations in Sri Lanka through the partnership of the United Nations Resident's Coordinator's Office (UNRCO), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations Volunteers is organizing a panel session to mark the International Day of the Girl Child on October 10, 2013. The Panel Session will be held in Colombo, from 9.30 am to 11.30 am. The event will be titled the "UN Conventions and Sri Lanka’s commitment to address child labour issues, what more needs to be done?" The event will lead to another Panel Session on the October, 11 2013 at the District Secretariat in Ratnapura targeting a local audience to advocate for change and involving local stakeholders to share their experiences.