In December 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170, declaring October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child.
This annual day in the calendar is dedicated to recognizing the rights of girls and young women. It focuses attention on the need to address the many barriers girls overcome, while at the same time promoting female empowerment.
Did you know that worldwide, almost one in four girls aged 15-19 years is neither employed nor in education or training? This is compared to one in ten boys of the same age.
Approximately 435 million girls and women are currently living on less than $1.90 a day. This includes 47 million who have been pushed into poverty as a result of the pandemic.
At least 60% of countries also continue to discriminate against their daughters’ rights to inherit land and other assets.
The International Day of the Girl Child advocates for girls and young women to have the right to a safe, healthy, and educated life. History has shown that when females are supported through their adolescent years, they have the potential to change the world – as the empowered girls of today, and as the leaders, workers, mentors, and mothers of tomorrow!
Today, the world is home to over 1.1 billion girls aged 18 or younger. According to UNICEF’s A New Era for Girls report, girls are now living longer lives than they were a quarter of a century ago, and they are poised to become the biggest generation of female leaders and entrepreneurs.
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