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     3   International Day of the Girl Child

Ms Claydon, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1)        notes that the International Day of the Girl Child:

(a)        will be celebrated globally on 11 October 2016; and

(b)        is an international day of observance that promotes girls’ human rights, highlights gender inequalities that remain between girls and boys and addresses the various forms of discrimination and abuse suffered by girls around the globe;

(2)        recognises that:

(a)        the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals include key targets for gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls by 2030;

(b)        achieving these targets will require increased investment by national governments, national aid agencies, and global companies and foundations; and

(c)        increased investments in gender equality are vital if the world is to achieve sustained, inclusive and equitable economic growth and development;

(3)        calls on the Australian Government to work towards the longstanding internationally agreed aid targets in order for Australia to contribute its fair share to international development and aid the empowerment of all women and girls under the Sustainable Development Goals; and

(4)        urges all Members to be leaders in their community and in Parliament, to act on the advancement of gender equality.

Debate ensued.

The time allotted for the debate having expired, the debate was interrupted, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.