Draft Platform for Action
L. [Persistent discrimination against and violation of the rights of] [Survival, protection and development of] the girl child
Strategic objective L.5. Eliminate discrimination against girls in health and nutrition

Actions to be taken

281. By Governments and international and non-governmental organizations:

(a) Provide public information on the removal of discriminatory practices against girls in food allocation, nutrition and access to health services;

(b) Sensitize the girl child, parents, teachers and society concerning good general health and nutrition and raise awareness of the health dangers and other problems connected with early pregnancies [recognizing the rights, duties and responsibilities of parents and other persons legally responsible for children, and consistent with the Convention on the Rights of the Child];

(c) Strengthen and reorient health education and health services, particularly primary health care programmes [including sexual and reproductive health] and design quality health programmes to meet the physical and mental needs of girls [recognizing the rights, duties and responsibilities of parents and other persons legally responsible for children, and consistent with the Convention on the Rights of the Child,] and to give attention to young, expectant and nursing mothers;

(d) Establish peer education and outreach programmes with a view to strengthening individual and collective action to reduce the vulnerability of girls to HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, [as agreed in the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development,] [recognizing the rights, duties and responsibilities of parents and other persons legally responsible for children, and consistent with the Convention on the Rights of the Child]; (e) Ensure education and dissemination of information to girls, especially among adolescents, regarding the physiology of reproduction, [reproductive and sexual health, as agreed in the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development] [and the knowledge of all safe methods of family planning, and control and prevention of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases,] [recognizing the rights, duties and responsibilities of parents and other persons legally responsible for children, and consistent with the Convention on the Rights of the Child];

(f) Include health and nutritional training as an integral part of literacy programmes and school curricula starting at the primary level for the benefit of the girl child;

(g) Emphasize the role and responsibility of adolescents in sexual and reproductive health and behaviour through the provision of appropriate services and counselling [as contained in the report of the International Conference on Population and Development] [as agreed in the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development,] [taking into account the reservations and declarations on that document and recognizing the rights, duties and responsibilities of parents and other persons legally responsible for children, and consistent with the Convention on the Rights of the Child];

(h) Develop information and training programmes for health planners and implementors on the special health needs of the girl child;

(i) [Take all the appropriate measures with a view to abolishing traditional practices prejudicial to the health of children, as stipulated in Article 24 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. 10/]


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