Started in 2012, October 11th marks The United Nations International Day of the Girl. The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.
Around the World girls face unique challenges every day. Girls should have the right to a safe life, education and healthcare. They need to be empowered, however all too often they are marginalized and denied their basic human rights based on their gender. Females account for 75% of those displaced by war, famine, natural disasters and persecution highlighting their vulnerability to tragic events and the inequality between genders.
The issues faced by girls everyday around the World
There are 1.1 billion girls in the World and these are just a few of the issues they face every day:
- Lack of access to education
- Poor access to healthcare
- Lack of equality and daily discrimination based on gender
- Forced marriage and child marriage (750 million women married before their 18th birthday)
- Every 10 minutes a girl dies from violence
- Sex trafficking
Why empower girls?
“We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back” is a now famous quote from Malala Yousafzai. Girls make up 1.1 billion of the population and females as a whole approximately half. If they are not empowered this means half of the World population is not been utilized or empowered to make a positive difference. Women play a crucial role in many of the key issues that face society today. They can help to tackle climate change, they are integral to bringing World peace and they can help to grow local economies.
Just on a basic human level girls deserve to have equal opportunities and their human rights respected. If we all work together, men and women to ensure this happens we will be helping provide a safer, more sustainable, richer and happier World.
“No society will flourish and no peace agreement will be lasting without empowering
girls in peacebuilding and reconstruction. It is time to put this imperative at the heart
of all of our efforts in addressing fragility, conflict and violence.” This is UNESCO’s
UN Resources for International Day of the Girl