International Day of the Girl Child

Girls walking together outside Yomelela Primary School, Cape Town South Africa,1 June 2015.

October 11, 2020 is the International Day of the Girl Child.

I am sad to say I came across this information by accident.  Supporting and encouraging individuals is major for me. I would go so far as to say a core value – to make sure individuals are seen, supported and feel they belong.  Having been someone that has felt they didn’t belong growing up.  This is something I won’t to let happen to others.

This was taken directly from the web site. 

Did you know?

  • Worldwide, nearly 1 in 4 girls aged 15–19 years is neither employed nor in education or training compared to 1 in 10 boys of the same age. By 2021 around 435 million women and girls will be living on less than $1.90 a day — including 47 million pushed into poverty as a result of COVID-19.
  • 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence. Emerging data shows that since the outbreak of COVID-19, violence against women and girls (VAWG), and particularly domestic violence, has INTENSIFIED.
  • At least 60% of countries still discriminate against daughters’ rights to inherit land and non-land assets in either law or practice.

The numbers above are staggering.  1 in 4? Neither employed nor in education! All that potential not tapped into due to gender?  Females being second class. Not worthy of spending the time or money on educating them.  What is with this!!  This again says to me we are still living in a male dominated world.

I’m sick over 1 in 3 women have experienced physical or sexual violence. I think of when a group of my friends get together that statistically one or two of us have experiences physical or sexual violence in our lives.  This is the world we live in.

The web site goes on to say 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. That if girls are supported they have the potential to change the world! YES!

It has been proven that when you educate and empower girls the whole community is raised up.  Girls work to enrich their families and community.  There is less power and political play at work.  The whole community prosper when females are educated – they become entrepreneurs, innovators and initiators of global movements.

Empowered girls grow into strong women and this what the current climate needs. More women at the table to discuss problems of climate change, political conflict, economic growth, disease prevention, and global sustainability. Females often have a different view point. They will bring to the table what is relevant for them (which is ½ the population of the world so….).

What can we do to empower girls?  I think we can start locally. Support local female entrepreneurs.  Branch out to businesses run by women. Make sure we empower the girls and women around us.  We have to be our own cheerleaders.  Females building up females.  Encourage girls and women to sit at tables where change is occurring.  We have to be part of the conversation and empower each other to make sure it happens.  Starting with girls.

You can always start now!

 

 

4 thoughts on “International Day of the Girl Child

  1. Natalie says:

    Wow! I also did not know that this is today, these statistics are staggering
    Women are still second class in our world and I am a lucky one – Canadian Cis White Educated Female and still the stats show that I will have less opportunity than my male counterparts
    Thank you for highlighting this important day

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