What is International Day of the Girl Child
Today is International Day of the Girl [child], it is held every year on the 11th October. With 1.1 billion (and increasing) girls in the world, the United Nations nominated this day to “highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face from disadvantages and discrimination, while promoting girl’s empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.”
This year the theme of the International Day of the Girl is ‘EmPOWER girls: Before, during and after conflict’ in humanitarian emergencies gender-based violence increases which means girls are more likely to be subjected to sexual and physical violence, child marriage, exploitation, and trafficking. Girls in conflict zones are 90% more likely to be out of school, compared to girls in conflict-free countries, which compromises their future and potential. The day isn’t just about raising awareness it is also about collecting data about girls who have slipped through the cracks, so we can have a better idea about how they live and what they need.
To celebrate its 5th year, here are 5 quotes from the world’s most influential women.
- You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.
– Rosa Parks
- Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
– Mother Teresa
- Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi.
– Oprah Winfrey
- One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.
– Malala Yousefzai
- Don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have, because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.
– Michelle Obama