11 October 2018
The International Day of the Girl 2018 was observed on Thursday at Women’s Development Centre in Yangon.
The Day is observed annually around the world on October 11 to promote equality and safety for girls and to fulfil their needs in health and education. Plan International’s “Because I’m a Girl”, awareness campaign on the importance of nurturing girls worldwide is the initiative of the International Day of the Girl which is later recognized by the UN with the proposal of Canada government.
Deputy Emergency Response Manager, Plan International Myanmar, Soe Moe Kyaw said “Plan International Myanmar has observed the Day since 2015. In cooperation with Department of Social Welfare (Nay Pyi Taw), the campaign “girls take over” was carried out in Kachin State and cities such as NyaungU, Sittwe and Yangon before this year’s International Day of the Girl.”
Deputy Director, Department of Social Welfare (Yangon Region), Thin Thin Mar said “An event like this encourages the girls to open up more about the difficulties they are facing with and engages them with organizations that can fulfill their needs. These days, most young girls are suffering from sexual harassment, human trafficking, early pregnancy and many more. Department of Social Welfare is opening training schools to support those girls.”
Young girls who participated in “girls take over” campaign shared their experience at the event.
Director, Department of Social Welfare (Kachin State), Mya Marlar Soe said “Today, I’ll share a one-day documentary film I took with a girl from IDP camp in Kachin State. I take this kind of celebration on International Day of the Girl as an initiative for empowering girls in Myanmar. In Kachin State, Department of Social Welfare mainly focuses on capacity building of the girls.”
Sine Nu said “Today, I’ll share my experience on how I won championship at karate competition held in Singapore. I live in Shweset so I had difficulties with transportation. I had to try harder than others. I would like to encourage girls in Myanmar to try out any type of sports.”
The survey conducted in Yangon by Plan International Myanmar on October 9 shows that only 15% of the respondents considered Yangon as a safe city for girls and women, and most answered that outskirts, public transportation and bus/train stations make them feel unsafe most.