The Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia, Dr Phillip Aspinall, has distributed a notice to Anglican Bishops that the United Nations’ first “International Day of the Girl” is to be held this year on 11 October 2012. (United Nations General Assembly Resolution on the International Day of the Girl Child, approved on December 19, 2011)
His letter continues,
The day is an initiative of the Working Group on Girls, a non-governmental organization working at the United Nations, which includes representatives from the Anglican Consultative Council, the Anglican Communion Office and Anglican Women’s Empowerment.
The International Day of the Girl is about “helping galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” (General Assembly Resolution 12.9.11). The day is an opportunity to speak against injustices and to advocate for gender equality. It will be marked on 11 October with a Virtual Summit involving girls from around the world at http://girlsrights.org.
In the meantime, an excellent “Day of the Girl: Proclamation Project Toolkit,” which is suitable for school-aged girls, may be accessed at http://dayofthegirl.org/t oolkit/.
I seek your assistance in making the International Day of the Girl appropriately known in your dioceses.
It is still the case that women and girls within the church and outside the church still do not have equal access to life’s opportunities.
We’re guessing that this is a notice that won’t be relayed by the President of the LCA.