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Alcantarilla Town Hall commemorates the eleventh of October, International Day of the Girl, with the reading of an institutional declaration by all the political groups (11/10/2017)

In the morning of today, Alcantarilla City Council, all the political groups, with the Mayor, Joaquín Buendía, in front, read in the plenary hall the institutional declaration that from the Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP), to national level, had planned for all city councils, on 11 October, International Girls' Day, a commemoration established in 2011 by the General Assembly of the United Nations with the aim of drawing attention to the marginalization and poverty they have suffered and girls from all over the world are still suffering.

The manifesto has been read by the Councilor for Social Welfare, Francisca Terol, representing the Popular Party, Gabriel Esturillo for the PSOE, María Dolores Jiménez and Yolanda García for Citizens, Arcadio Martínez for Cambiemos Alcantarilla, José Ángel Durán for Now Sewer and the councilor not attached to Magdalena García, being accompanied by other members of the Municipal Corporation.

The declaration highlights the commitment of local governments and their role in implementing public policies for protection, health, sexual and reproductive rights, education, economic and political empowerment, and the promotion of women's rights. girls, calling for a future in equality and free from discrimination.

FEDERATION OF MUNICIPALITIES AND PROVINCES

INSTITUTIONAL DECLARATION

On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly established the date of October 11 as the International Day of the Child with the aim of remembering and spreading to the whole world society that throughout history and at present millions of girls around the world have suffered and continue to suffer from marginalization and poverty.

The circumstances of girls and women have improved substantially in recent decades.

Currently, fewer women die in childbirth, more girls enter education systems, child marriage rates are decreasing, women political numbers have increased, and so has the number of women in managerial positions;

however, despite the evidence and the long and difficult road traveled, gender equality as well as the empowerment of girls and women remains an unfulfilled promise in most parts of the world.

And this, despite international agreements, national or local.

It is therefore necessary to make invisible needs visible and to denounce the inequalities, the different forms of discrimination and abuse suffered by girls, and to emphasize the importance of guaranteeing their rights.

There are currently 1.1 billion girls, a powerful group that can shape a sustainable and better world for all people.

To this end, it is necessary to implement public policies aimed at protection, health, sexual and reproductive rights, education, economic and political empowerment and the promotion of the rights of girls, as it is an essential issue of justice and equality.

Key challenges and challenges such as poverty, early marriages, education, inequality or violence against women require actions that include key goals for achieving gender equality and strengthening the participation of women and girls.

For all this, the Local Governments meeting in the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces wish to make an appeal to join in commemorating the International Day of the Child and to work for the defense of the rights of girls in Spain and the world.

Recalling the statement by Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General who proclaimed an irreducible and timeless truth, "the equality of women must be a central component of any attempt to solve social, economic and political problems," we urge Local Entities to implement concrete actions that promote the participation of girls in the decisions that affect their lives.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Alcantarilla

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