The U.S. Department of State reports that last night, on the eve of the inaugural International Day of the Girl, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton convened a meeting with leaders in government and the private sector, including South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Chair of The Elders, to discuss their shared commitment to improving the lives of girls worldwide. Following the meeting, the Secretary announced new U.S. Government and private initiatives to prevent child marriage and promote girls’ education around the world.
Follow this link for Secretary Clinton's remarks to A Group of Visiting Girl Scouts in Honor of The First-ever International Day of the Girl.
In a similar move designed to focus national attention on girls and the issues they face, Girl Scouts of the USA declared 2012 the Year of the Girl: a celebration of girls, recognition of their leadership potential, and a commitment to creating a coalition of like-minded organizations and individuals in support of balanced leadership in the workplace and in communities across the country.
"The Year of the Girl is only a beginning," said Girl Scouts of the USA Chief Executive Officer Anna Maria Chávez. "We can't transform American leadership in a year, but we can transform expectations in a year. We can transform awareness in a year. We can set in motion a generational change, and make certain that a baby girl born in 2012 will experience her life in a new and vastly different world. Only Girl Scouts, with its scale and time-honored place in society, can launch this initiative. If not us, who? If not now, when? When girls succeed, so does society. We know that together, we can get her there."