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Every year, on October 11th, the world comes together to celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child. This day is a reminder of the need to address the unique challenges and opportunities that girls face globally. It's a day to promote gender equality, highlight the importance of girls' rights, and focus on empowering them to reach their full potential.
Worldwide 129 million girls are currently unable to go to school. 12 million girls are forced to marry each year. 500 million women and girls don't have what they need to manage their periods. That's pretty shocking stuff, and something which we probably aren't aware of, living in our communities.
The International Day of the Girl Child was established by the United Nations in 2011, recognizing that girls face unique challenges and barriers that can hinder their development and well-being. This day aims to raise awareness about these challenges and promote gender equality. The theme for each year's celebration varies, but the overarching goal remains the same: to empower girls and ensure that they have equal opportunities and rights. This years theme is 'Invest in Girls’ Rights: Our Leadership, Our Well-being'.
Before delving into how to empower girls, it's important to understand the challenges that they may face. Some of the most pressing issues include:
Empowering girls is not only a matter of policy and legislation; it also requires individual and collective actions and behaviours. Here are several ways we can work together to empower girls:
The International Day of the Girl Child is a powerful reminder of the importance of empowering girls worldwide. By addressing the challenges they face and promoting actions and behaviours that support their development and well-being, we can create a fairer world. It's our collective responsibility to make sure that every girl has the opportunity to thrive and fulfill her potential.