International Day of the Girl
International Day Of The Girl Child is a day that falls on October 11th every year and has since 2012. This is a day that’s designed to raise awareness and to address the needs that girls all over the world face. It’s also a day that’s designed to promote the empowerment of girls and to ultimately help them fulfill all of their human rights.
This is a day to learn more about the struggles of young girls around the world and to learn more about the issues that affect a girl’s right to their fundamental freedoms and equal education. Individuals interested in girl’s rights can also contribute to organizations that directly help improve conditions and secure rights for girls both locally and around the world.
Adolescent girls have the right to a safe, educated, and healthy life, not only during these critical formative years, but also as they mature into women. If effectively supported during the adolescent years, girls have the potential to change the world – both as the empowered girls of today and as tomorrow’s workers, mothers, entrepreneurs, mentors, household heads, and political leaders. An investment in realizing the power of adolescent girls upholds their rights today and promises a more equitable and prosperous future, one in which half of humanity is an equal partner in solving the problems of climate change, political conflict, economic growth, disease prevention, and global sustainability.
The Challenges That Girls All Over The World Face
Girls all over the world face a number of challenges; challenges that can seriously impact the quality of their life. Below are just a small sampling of the challenges that are faced by girls all over the world.
An issue that affects girls and women all over the world—including in the United States—is economic inequality. Worldwide, women only earn 10% of the world’s total income despite working two-thirds of the world’s total work hours.
Reproductive Health & Rights
In developing countries, over 225 million women have an unmet need for family planning. This contributes to 74 million unplanned pregnancies and 36 million abortions each year. Helping girls and women take charge of their own reproductive rights reduces the number of unsafe abortions and reduces maternal deaths by up to 70%.
Other Issues Affecting Girls:
- Over 12-million girls under 18 are married
- Over 130-million girls are out of school worldwide.
- Over 15-million girls age 15 to 19 years old have experienced forced sex.