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File #: Res 1649-2013    Version: * Name: Recognizing October 11 as the “Day of the Girl Child” in NYC.
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on Youth Services
On agenda: 2/6/2013
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution recognizing October 11 as the "Day of the Girl Child" in New York City.
Sponsors: G. Oliver Koppell, Margaret S. Chin, Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, James F. Gennaro, Letitia James, Peter A. Koo, Deborah L. Rose, Ruben Wills, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Gale A. Brewer
Council Member Sponsors: 10
Attachments: 1. Committee Assignment Change, 2. Committee Report, 3. Hearing Testimony, 4. Hearing Transcript, 5. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 12-19-13
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
12/19/2013*G. Oliver Koppell City Council Approved, by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
12/12/2013*G. Oliver Koppell Committee on Youth Services Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/12/2013*G. Oliver Koppell Committee on Youth Services Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
10/10/2013*G. Oliver Koppell City Council Re-referred to Committee by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/6/2013*G. Oliver Koppell City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/6/2013*G. Oliver Koppell City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Res. No. 1649
 
 
Resolution recognizing October 11 as the "Day of the Girl Child" in New York City.  
 
 
By Council Members Koppell, Chin, Ferreras, Gennaro, James, Koo, Rose, Wills, Rodriguez and Brewer
 
      Whereas, Equality and universal access to education for every girl and boy are among the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals supported by 189 countries, including the United States; and
      Whereas, According to the United Nations, many children in developing countries start life without adequate means of nutrition, learning, and protection,` but girls face particular challenges; and
      Whereas, The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, has stated that "girls face discrimination, violence and abuse every day across the world;" and
Whereas, On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare October 11, 2012 as the first International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls' rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world; and  
Whereas, The term "girl child" is commonly used to distinguish those under age 18 from other young women; and
Whereas, The first International Day of the Girl Child focused on child marriage by highlighting that every year, 10 million girls under the age of 18 become child brides, many of whom are under the age of 16, which increases their risk of being abused and having an early or unwanted pregnancy; and
Whereas, Studies show that education can delay and even prevent child marriage and increase girls' chance of success; and
Whereas, Worldwide, girls face more barriers to education and often complete less schooling than male counterparts; and
Whereas, According to the National Women's Law Center, one in four girls in America does not finish high school, and the dropout rate is even higher for girls of color; and
Whereas, The Day of the Girl Child highlights the worldwide injustices confronted by girls, including in the United States; now, therefore, be it
      Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York recognizes October 11 as the "Day of the Girl Child in New York City".   
 
 
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