Girls Protection

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Girl-Child 1. End all forms of discrimination against the girl-child.STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES:

Every child has the right to enjoy their human rights and to special protective measures without discrimination, including protection from discrimination because of what her/his parents do or believe. ICCPR 24:1; CRC 2

ACTIONS: * Ratify and implement the Convention on the Rights of the Child. * Ensure that a child is registered immediately after birth, has the right from birth to a name, to acquire a nationality, and to know and be cared for by his or her parents. * Pass and strictly enforce laws to prevent early non-consensual marriage and raise the minimum age for marriage where necessary. * Pass and enforce laws that ensure the equal right to inherit regardless of sex.2. End negative cultural attitudes and practices against girls.STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES:

Countries should take appropriate and effective measures to end the practice of female circumcision. CEDAW GR 14

Countries should take all appropriate measures to change social and cultural patterns of conduct that are based on the idea of the inferiority or superiority of either of the sexes and on stereotyped roles for women and men. DEVAW 4j

Countries should not invoke any custom, tradition or religious consideration to avoid their obligation to eliminate violence against women in all its forms. DEVAW 4

ACTIONS: * Encourage and support NGOs and community-based organizations in their efforts to change negative attitudes and practices towards girls and promote equality.3. Promote and protect the rights of the girl-child and increase awareness of her needs and potential.STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES:

Children have many civil and political rights, including the right to life, to a name and nationality, to an identity, to express their views in all matters affecting the child, to freedom of expression and thought, to freedom of association, to privacy and to information. CRC 6,7,8,12,13,14,15,16,17; ICCPR 24

Children have many economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to the highest attainable standard of health, to social security, to an adequate standard of living, to education, and to enjoy his or her culture, and to rest and leisure. CRC 24,25,26,27,28,29,30,31; ICESCR 11,12,13,14

Children with disabilities have rights to special care, education, training, employment and recreation opportunities to help them enjoy a full and decent life. CRC 23; DRDP 6,7

In any situation concerning the girl-child, the best interests of the child shall be the primary consideration. At the same time, parents' rights and responsibilities must also be taken into account. CRC 3

Children who are accused of, or recognised as breaking the law have a right to treatment that promotes their dignity. Children have a right to basic procedural guarantees as well as to legal assistance for their defence. CRC 40

Children are entitled to special protections when they do not have parents or are separated from their family, and if they are refugees. CRC 20, 224. Eliminate discrimination against girls in education, skills development and training.STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES:

Girls have the same rights to all forms of education as boys. UDHR 26:1; ICESCR 13,14; CEDAW 10; ICERD 5d:v; CDE 1a

Countries must ensure that children have access to information from a variety of sources and that the mass media distributes information that is socially and culturally beneficial. CRC 17

ACTIONS: * Ensure equal access to primary education and participation in cultural and sports activities. * Promote education on human rights, social, economic and political issues. * Provide skills training to increase employment opportunities. * Ensure appropriate education and skills training for disabled girls.5. Eliminate discrimination against girls in health and nutrition.STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES:

Countries must combat disease and malnutrition suffered by children without...
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