International Day of the Girl Child: Pinkification of the Austria Center
The Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU shows its support on the International Day of the Girl Child
The United Nations has initiated an international day of the girl child in order to strengthen girls’ rights as well as raise awareness of the fact that boys and girls are still not given the same opportunities and that girls around the world are disadvantaged, discriminated against and abused – just for being girls. This day is celebrated annually on 11 October. On this day, large buildings, landmarks and monuments in many of the world’s cities are lit up in pink in a demonstration of support.
The Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU is also sending out a signal: to mark this year’s International Day of the Girl Child, the Austria Center Vienna will be lit up in pink from the evening of 10 October to the evening of 12 October. At the same time, the conference “Gender Equality and YOU. Young Voices. Joint Initiative.” and the informal meeting of EU gender equality ministers will take place in the Austria Center Vienna. These important gender equality events are being held under the Austrian Presidency.
“Pinkification is an effective visual symbol to draw attention to the International Day of the Girl Child and the discrimination of girls”,
said Juliane Bogner‑Strauß, Federal Minister for Women, Families and Youth.
“During its presidency of the Council of the EU, Austria also aims to initiate a future‑oriented debate on gender equality. I also consider it very important to raise the profile of gender equality on the political agenda of the European Union.”
More information about the "Gender Equality and YOU" conference can be found on the event page.
More information about the informal meeting of gender equality ministers can be found on the event page.
Official photos of this event will be published on the official Flickr channel.