International Day of the Girl Child has been observed on Wednesday.

The theme for the day this year is “Empower girls: emergency response and resilience planning”.

In his message on this occasion, Foreign Office Spokesmen Nafees Zakaria said the government has taken significant steps for social, political, economic and legal empowerment of young girls and women.

Addressing a ceremony in Islamabad in this connection on Wednesday, US Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale said USAID's Small Grants and Ambassador's Fund Program are actively working with their partners to address all challenges faced by girls in all spheres of life.

In his message in connection with International Day of Girl Child. He said this is the only way to empower them, improve their status, ensure their participation in the development of their respective societies.

Secretary General of Organization of Islamic Cooperation Dr Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen has called upon member states, relevant OIC organs, and civil society organizations to intensify their efforts to support girls' education.

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