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A Meaningful Day for Girls

As a result of advocacy efforts from Turkey, Canadaand Peru, the United Nations General Assembly declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Childto end discrimination against girls and to fully and effectively ensure the human rights of girls.

The purpose of the International Day of the Girl Child, which has been observed annually since 2012, matches the goals and activities of Aydın Doğan Foundation. Therefore, we are proudly hosting the International Day of the Girl Child Conference to raise public awareness about this matter and to form the basis of the Foundation's activities.

The Aim of the International Day of the Girl Child Conference

Fully aware of their corporate social responsibilities, Doğan Group and Aydın Doğan Foundation advocate for gender equality in society and to this end have undertaken important initiatives to empower women educationally and socially.

At Aydın Doğan Foundation, we are conducting a series of programs to empower girls and to achieve gender equality. For example, we are organizing the conference titled "The Time is Now! Girls’ Leadership in the Digital Era" in cooperation with UN Women, UNICEF and UNFPA to celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child, which has been observed by the United Nations for the last nine years.

The Conference, which will be held on October 11, 2021, aims to draw attention to the International Day of the Girl Child and raise awareness on the empowerment of girls.

Conference Programme

  • Monday, October 11, 2021
  • 16:00-16:03Opening by Master of CeremonyÖzge Uzun
  • 16:03-16:06Opening Speech byVuslat Doğan Sabancı
    Vice President of Aydın Doğan Foundation
  • 16:06-16:09Master of Ceremony presenting the “Youth Statement” and its background
  • 16:09-16:13The Youth Statement
  • 16:13-16:24Keynote SpeechAfshan Khan
    UNICEF, Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia
  • 16:24-16:25Master of Ceremony introducing the “Special Talk with Pioneers in Girls’ and Women’s Leadership”
  • 16:25-16:52Special Talk with Pioneers in Girls’ and Women’s LeadershipHenrietta Fore (UNICEF Executive Director), Hanzade Doğan (Chairwoman of Aydın Doğan Foundation), Adena Friedman (President and CEO of Nasdaq)
    Facilitated by: Afşin Yurdakul
  • 16:52-16:56Opening remarks to Panel 1 byHassan Mohtashami
    UNFPA Representative to Turkey
  • 16:52-17:22Panel 1:
    "Girls' Empowerment in the Digital Age: Opportunities and Challenges"
    Sonia Livingstone (Speaker 1), Yana Panfilova (Speaker 2), Selin Özünaldım (Speaker 3), İlayda Işık (Speaker 4)
    Panel 1 Moderator: Şirin Payzın
  • 17:22-17:27Interactive Q&A
  • 17:27-17:45Video Messages
  • 17:45-17:50Opening remarks to Panel 2Asya Varbanova
    UN Women Turkey Country Director
  • 17:50-18:15Panel 2:
    "Digital Sphere and Skills for Advancing Gender Equality"
    Ayşegül İldeniz (Speaker 1), Buse Tolunay (Speaker 2), Xenia Kellner (Speaker 3), Elvira Kalmurzaeva (Speaker 4)
    Panel 2 Moderator: Afşin Yurdakul
  • 18:15-18:20Interactive Q&A
  • 18:20-18:25A Call To Action From Young Leaders
  • 18:25-18:30Closing speech by the Master of Ceremony