Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
October 9, 2012

On Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 11:00 a.m., the eve of the first-ever International Day of the Girl Child, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will announce new public and private initiatives to prevent child marriage and promote girls’ education around the world. Secretary Clinton will make the announcement during remarks to a group of about 200 Girl Scouts, who are participating in a Girl Scout Day program at the Department of State, in the Marshall Center. In the past few decades, we have achieved much progress in raising the status of girls around the world, yet there are still millions of girls who are not in school or are forced into early marriages and early motherhood. The new initiatives can help raise the status of girls and will contribute to greater stability and security around the world.

Prior to her remarks, Secretary Clinton will meet with South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu and other public and private sector leaders to discuss strategies to raise the status of and improve the lives of girls worldwide.

The remarks will be open to the press.

Pre set for video cameras: 10:00 a.m. from the 21st Street Entrance Lobby.
Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 10:30 a.m. from the 21st Street Entrance Lobby.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).

For more information please contact the Office of Global Women’s Issues,

PRN: 2012/1609