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(Transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered)
The evidence is clear: investing in girls and women is critical to fighting poverty. It is absolutely shocking that the biggest barrier to a healthy and successful life for millions of the world’s poorest people is their gender.
‘The Day of the Girl will help raise awareness of this inequality, reminding the world that giving girls and women better access to education, healthcare and jobs, and a voice in decision making, helps makes societies healthier, more prosperous and peaceful.
The new day of action, adopted by the United Nations in a vote today, aims to promote girls’ rights, highlight gender inequalities between girls and boys and address the various forms of discrimination suffered by girls around the globe.