JOA Celebrates International Day of the Girl
Nearly twenty-five years ago at the United Nations fourth World Conference for Women, held in Beijing, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action policy agenda for the empowerment of women, was adopted. Since then, women have pushed this policy agenda resulting in the expansion of a global movement organized by and for adolescent girls to deal with a broad spectrum of gender-based issues relating to girls. International Day of the Girl, first commemorated in 2012, was selected as a special day which the United Nations dedicated to recognising girls’ rights and the unique challenges they face across the world.
The JOA and its Women in Sport Commission shares in the mission of the United Nations Platform for Action in championing the advancement of the rights of women and girls. Today, October 11, we join over 100 countries in celebrating International Day of the Girl. Under this year’s theme “Girl Force: Unscripted and Unstoppable” we extol the achievements of all girls and especially girls in sport in Jamaica. Despite the challenges, many has achieved the unattainable across various sporting disciplines and are powerhouses in their own right. We salute the accomplishments of our girls and girls on the rise in sport.
All girls of our member Federations, we love and appreciate you and proudly stand at the ready in supporting your continued breaking of barriers as you are indeed Unscripted and Unstoppable.