USAID Celebrates International Day of the Girl

Statement by Clayton M. McCleskey, Acting Spokesperson

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Office of Press Relations
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Today, USAID celebrates the International Day of the Girl, and reaffirms the commitment of the United States to breaking down barriers that keep girls from learning and leading.

Every girl should be able go to school, live in a home and community free from violence, and receive the care she needs to grow healthy and strong. However, in too many places around the world, girls are vulnerable to abuse and discrimination, and face obstacles that prevent their success.

The United States wants to make this a safer, more prosperous world for women and girls. From advancing entrepreneurship and innovation, to promoting peace and reconciliation, to preventing sexual violence and the spread of HIV, USAID is committed to empowering girls, and unlocking their potential to change their communities and the world.

Last updated: October 29, 2018

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