International Day of the Girl Child is an international observance day which is declared by the United Nations; it is also known as the Day of Girls and the International Day of the Girl. October 11, 2012, was the very First Day of the Girl Child.
The observation supports more and more opportunities for the girls and also increases the awareness of gender inequality faced by girls all over the world based upon their gender.
This inequality also includes some key areas such as access to education, nutrition, legal rights, medical care, and protection from discrimination, violence against women and forced child marriage.
The celebration of the day additionally “reflects the successful rise of girls and young women as a distinct cohort in development policy, programming, campaigning, and also in the field of research.”
At present, there are around 1.1 billion young girls around the world. And even though we have made great progress to make their lives better, there are still some serious issues concerning their wellbeing:
An average of fifteen million girls marry before the age of 18 yearly; every ten minutes, a teenage girl dies as a result of violence, and 130 million girls between the ages of six and seventeen are not in school.
That’s why the United Nations has declared October 11 as an International Day of the Girl.
The initiative began in the year of 2012, and this year the theme is “With Her: A Skilled GirlForce.” The goal is to rethink how the girls and young women across the globe can transition into the workforce, starting with expanding the educational opportunities available to them.
If you want to celebrate the International Day of the Girl, here are some things you can do to get involved.
Engage in Discussions: Online, you can use hashtag #DayOfTheGirl , to join the conversation or you can visit DayOfTheGirl.org to find more about ways you can advocate for the girls. Offline, you should work it out with your family, friends, and associates.
Ask yourself: In which ways would we be able to help girls today (and consistently)?
ADVERTISEMENT: Check out the associations dedicated to enabling the girls around the globe: There are different organizations taking on these difficulties, from terminating child marriage to helping with girl education, providing healthcare, and fighting poverty. These include the Malala Fund, and the Obama Foundation’s Global Girls Alliance.
Support the girls in your life: Today, and all day, remind every girl that you encounter that they are equally powerful, they matter, and they are a key part of our future. And also do not forget to put those words into action, because it’s on us to create a better world for all girls.