UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

10/10/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/10/2020 06:00

Celebrating International Day of the Girl 2020 Speak Up and Lead: Girls’ voices for girls’ education Achham, Bajura, Sarlahi, Sunsari, Rauhatat. Nepal

To celebrate the International Day of the Girl 2020 on 11 October, UNESCO, together with the Association of Community Radio Broadcasters Nepal (ACORAB) is organising a radio show entitled 'Speak Up and Lead: Girls' voices for girls' education through community radio' that will be broadcast through 26 community radio stations across five districts: Achham, Bajura, Sarlahi, Sunsari, and Rautahat.

This radio show advocates for safeguarding girls' education, ensuring girls' learning continuity during the global pandemic, and promoting girls' safe return to school once these reopen. Fifty-two adolescent girls and young women from these five districts - Achham, Bajura, Sarlahi, Sunsari, and Rautahat - will be interviewing local government officials including Deputy Mayors, Education Coordination Officers, and Women Development Officers. The girls will be sharing their experiences and the challenges they have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic and shedding light on the issues of child marriage, gender-based violence, gender discrimination, and the right to education. The discussions from the radio interviews will be documented and submitted as a report to the respective local government bodies.

The girl hosts of the radio show are participants of the UNESCO-UNFPA-UN Women Joint Programme on 'Empowering Adolescent Girls and Young Women through the Provision of Comprehensive Sexuality Education and a Safe Learning Environment in Nepal'. They have engaged with the Joint Programme through many of its different activities including its female championship programme and functional literacy classes.

This event will mark the launch of a three-month community radio campaign by UNESCO and ACORAB entitled 'Keeping girls in the picture' to ensure that #LearningNeverStops for every girl in Nepal. This weekly radio show will be broadcast in Nepali, Bajika, and Doteli across 26 community radio stations in the five project districts. This campaign is supported by Global Education Coalition's Gender Flagship.

About the UNESCO-UNFPA-UN Women Joint Programme

'Empowering Adolescent Girls and Young Women through the Provision of Comprehensive Sexuality Education and a Safe Learning Environment in Nepal' is a joint programme led by UNESCO, UNFPA and UN Women with support from KOICA aiming to empower girls and young women through an integrated approach to education, health, and gender equality. For more inquiries, contact the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu at [email protected](link sends e-mail).

About the Global Education Coalition

Members of the Global Education Coalition are working together to address the gender dimensions of the school crisis caused by COVID-19 and to safeguard the progress made in this area over the past decades. If you are interested in supporting this initiative, contact the Gender Equality Flagship at [email protected](link sends e-mail)(link sends e-mail)

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Kathmandu, 10 October 2020

Press Release UNESCO/KAT 01/2020