The 4th International Day of the Girl Child Conference was organised with the theme “Empowered Girls, Empowered Future: Empowerment of Girls through Science, Arts and Sports.”

Co-organised by Aydın Doğan Foundation, UNICEF, UNFPA and UN Women, the event took place 11 October. The conference focused on revealing the full potential of girls to shape the future of societies, eliminate obstacles they face and create social awareness on gender equality.  During the sessions national and international role models to girls shared their own success stories with 500 participants from public and private sectors, civil society, academia, media and children themselves. All panelists underlined the importance of combining education with science, arts and sports to contribute to girls’ empowerment and gender equality.

In her opening speech, Vice Chair of Aydın Doğan Foundation, Vuslat Doğan Sabancı, stated, “It is in our power to change stereotyped social norms and prejudices that prevent today’s girls from improving themselves in education, sports, arts and science and from turning into tomorrow’s powerful and influential women. In order to make “the change we need” it is of great significance that we discuss the issues concerning the realisation of full and equal rights for girls and continue launching projects to attract public attention and raise due awareness to support tomorrow’s successful women. As a citizen of the world, each of us must continue to stand by girls to raise powerful women who break new grounds and contribute to their family, society and country by thinking, working and producing”.