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Accelerate efforts to empower girls: ILO, Unicef

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UNB, Dhaka :
ILO and Unicef have called on the government, development partners, civil society organisations and the private sector to accelerate efforts to empower girls.
They came up with the call in a joint statement to mark International Day of the Girl 2018 on Wednesday.
International Day of the Girl Child 2018 will be observed on October 11 with a theme 'With Her: A Skilled Girl Force'.
They also called for improving accessibility
and preparing them with the 21st century skills and provide them the space to pursue their careers needed for lifelong success.
"To support a skilled girl force, we must go beyond providing access and completion of school. We must make efforts to advocate for, draw attention to and invest in the most pressing needs and opportunities for girls to attain skills for employability," said the statement.
In Bangladesh, almost 40 percent of secondary-school age children are out-of-school, and vulnerable to child marriage and child labour.
The last Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics survey on Child Labour estimated that 745,690 girls from 5 to 17 years old are engaged in child labour and 1.2 million working girls are engaged in non-formal sectors in the country.

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