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Wednesday, 13 November 2013
Page: 228


Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (15:49): I, and also on behalf of Senators Moore and Cash, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the important contribution the International Day of the Girl Child (IDGC) makes to promoting the rights of girls, highlighting gender inequality and addressing the various forms of discrimination and abuse suffered by girls around the world, and

(ii) that YWCA Australia, Girl Guides Australia, the Australian Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the United Nations Women National Committee Australia and the International Women’s Development Agency have played a leading role in promoting IDGC and that they are calling for cross-party support for:

   (A) a focus on developing the capacity and skills of girls,

   (B) a Gender Goal and mainstream gender targets in other Goals in the Post 2015 Development Agenda,

   (C) providing meaningful opportunities for girls and young women to determine their own and their community’s future, and

   (D) developing an evidence base that clearly demonstrates the contribution that women and girls make to the economy and a peaceful society; and

(b) calls on all political parties to consider how they can support these goals.

Question agreed to.