Magazine article UN Chronicle

UNICEF Calls for Priority Focus on Girl Child

Magazine article UN Chronicle

UNICEF Calls for Priority Focus on Girl Child

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UNICEF calls for priority focus on girl child

All programmers of the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and strategies in the 1990s will address explicitly the status of the girl child and her needs, particularly in nutrition, health and education, with a view to eliminating gender disparities.

The recommendation was made by the UNICEF Executive Board at its 1990 regular session (16-27 April). Endorsing the priority focus given to the girl child, the Board also asked UNICEF to implement gender-sensitive monitoring and evaluation mechanisms to assess progress made in reducing disparities between girls and boys in health care and primary education programmes.

The Board also requested UNICEF Executive Director James P. Grant to highlight the girl child in the annual report on women in development and to submit to the 1992 Board session and every second year thereafter, a full report on progress made on the situation of the girl child.

Other issues discussed at the session were the situation of large numbers of homeless, abandoned, displaced and street children in South Africa, children and acquired immunodficiency syndrome (AIDS) and the situation of children in Central and Eastern Europe where, Mr. …

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