The Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination and Violence Against the Girl Child - Report of the UN Secretary-General
Publication Date: Dec 2006
Discrimination and violence against the girl child persist in all parts of the world. This report has been prepared in accordance with the programme of work of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) for 2007-2009, which identified ?The elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against the girl child? as the priority theme for the Commission's fifty-first session. The report analyses the current situation of the girl child - with particular attention to girls in high-risk situations including adolescent girls, migrant girls, girls with disabilities, and girls affected by HIV/AIDS, conflict or displacement. The report proposes recommendations for consideration by the Commission. For example, it urges all governments to: ratify without reservations the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and their respective Optional Protocols; enact and strictly enforce laws concerning the minimum legal age of consent and the minimum age for marriage; and adopt or revise laws to eliminate child domestic labour and establish appropriate penalties and sanctions to ensure effective enforcement.