Myanmar to held international day of the girl officially for the first time

9 October 2018

Department of social welfare under the ministry of social welfare, relief and resettlement will held international day of the girl for the first time in collaboration with Plan international Myanmar at the department of social welfare women development center on the 11th of October.

A public campaign will be organized at the bus stops and train stations on the 9th of October and a proper permission for this was gotten, according to Mr. Kelland Stevenson, country director from Plan International Myanmar.

Plan International began working in Myanmar in late 2008 initiating a humanitarian program in response to Cyclone Nargis.

A permanent office was established in 2012 and Plan International now has 5 key program areas in Ayeyarwaddy, Mandalay, Rakhine and Sagaing States/Regions.

Daw Lin Lin Aung from Plan International said, “We have signed a memorandum of understanding with department of social welfare in Nay Pyi Taw on September 9, 2011. We are closely cooperating and supporting governments in the areas of nutrition and health, Resilience and disaster risk reduction, child protection, water, sanitation and hygiene, early childhood care and development and youth economic empowerment.”

Nine NGOs including plan international Myanmar have to summit the annual working plan, in detail activities to implement the task under supervision and being informed by States and Regions Governments, according to department of social welfare.

In Myanmar, international day of the girl was usually held by non - government organizations, civil society organizations and community base organizations and this is the very first national celebration for this event.

The International Day of the Girl  is globally celebrated annually on 11th October.

The main aims of the day are to promote girl’s empowerment and fulfillment of their human rights while also highlighting the challenges that girls all over the world face.

Launched in 2012 by the United Nations general assembly, amongst the issues focused on by the International Day of the Girl  are education, equality, child marriage, access to services regarding puberty and sexual health and addressing issues around gender-based violence.