Did you know that today is The International Day of the Girl Child?
The International Day of Girls initiative began as a project of Plan International, a non-governmental interational organization with the objective of empowering, girls with their Because I Am a Girl campaign. Their idea was to raise awareness of the importance of nurturing Girls globally and in developing countries in particular. International Day of Girls was formally proposed by Canada in the United Nations General Assembly and finally October 11, 2012 was inaugurated as The International Day of Girls.
Did you know ?
- Every year, 12 million girls are married before their 18th birthday. Globally, 1 in 5 girls becomes a mother before that age.
- Nearly 7,000 adolescent girls aged 15 to 24 are infected with HIV every week.
- 98 million girls who should be in secondary school are not.
This theme to bring awareness of the plights of young girls and assist with opportunities to learn skills to help them earn their living. According to MSN, “around 600 million adolescent girls are to enter the working world in the next 10 years, and more than 90 percent of those who live in developing countries will work in the informal sector — and that’s where low pay (or no pay), exploitation, abuse and risk for human trafficking are the greatest.”
According to the United Nations, the day “aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.”
The themes thus far for The International Day of the Girl :
2012 : Ending Child Marriage
2013 : Innovating for girl’s education
2014 : Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence
2015 : The Power of Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030
2016 : Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress
2017 : EmPOWER Girls: Before, during and after crises
2018 : With Her: A Skilled GirlForce.
Under the theme, With Her: A Skilled GirlForce, International Day of the Girl “will mark the beginning of a year-long effort to bring together partners and stakeholders to advocate for, and draw attention and investments to, the most pressing needs and opportunities for girls to attain skills for employability.
The plan is to assist girls in expanding existing learning opportunities, chart new pathways and calling on the global community to rethink how to prepare them for a successful transition into the world of work.”
How you can help Girls :
- Promote gender equality;
- Discourage discrimination of the sexes;
- Give girls access to education;
- Ensure that they are served nutritious meals;
- Ensure that they receive medical care;
- Stop child marriages.
- Respect their legal rights;
- Volunteer in some way.
News from Mexico revealed that at least 20 young single mothers were lured by a serial killer and his wife into a trap and murdered. Their bait for entrapment and murder was the offer of “inexpensive baby clothes.” The murders triggered shock and locals are demanding action from authorities to deal with the violence against girls and women. Statistics reveal that seven women and girls are killed in Mexico daily.
These women were desperate to provide for their children and lost their lives.
You too can make a difference, to provide hope for helpless women. Remember to use the hashtag #dayofthegirl to post and track events on social media. Let us help empower and motivate girls to prepare for the workforce and life . Should you not have the resources, try to direct a needy girl child to someone who can assist. If you can, try to teach a skill, be it, gardening, crochet, baking, cooking. It is true what they say, “give a person a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach them to fish and you feed them for life”
Happy International Day of the Girl Child!
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