Today is the first ever International Day of the Girl Child.
on 11 October 2012. On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world: “Recognizing that empowerment of and investment in girls, which are criticalfor economic growth, the achievement of all Millennium Development Goals,including the eradication of poverty and extreme poverty, as well as the meaningfulparticipation of girls in decisions that affect them, are key in breaking the cycle ofdiscrimination and violence and in promoting and protecting the full and effectiveenjoyment of their human rights”(outline from the UN Resolution).
- 75 million girls around the world are out of school. (UNESCO)
- Globally, 1 in 3 girls is denied a secondary education (UNESCO)
- Girls’ primary school completion rates are below 50% in most poor countries. (UNESCO)
- Every 3 seconds, another girl is forced or coerced to marry. (PLAN)
- 1 in 7 marries before they reach the age of 15. (The Elders)
Theme for 2012: Ending Child marriage
Child marriage is a fundamental human rights violation and impacts all aspects of a girl’s life. Child marriage denies a girl of her childhood, disrupts her education, limits her opportunities, increases her risk to be a victim of violence and abuse, jeopardizes her health and therefore constitutes an obstacle to the achievement of nearly every Millennium Development Goal (MDG) and the development of healthy communities. (outline from the UN.org. on the Day of the Girl Child)
Campaign: PLAN International therefore launched the campaign for the girls day, giving lots of back ground and Plan’s Because I am a Girl campaign aims to reach 4 million girls directly – improving their lives with access to school, skills, livelihoods and protection. GET INVOLVED.
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