International Day of the Girl Child

International Day of the Girl Child: Girls in crisis

The theme of this year’s day International Day of the Girl Child is EmPOWER Girls: Before, during and after crises. The theme reflects the global body’s commitment to protect girls from conflicts and violence and to ensure their participation in mediation and negotiation processes.

Since ancient times, nobody has suffered more at the hands of wars and disasters than women. The statement holds true to this day. In fact, there situation has deteriorated rapidly in some corners of the world, particularly in regions witnessing natural disasters and bloody strifes. Little girls, who have no idea of what is happening around them, are not only deprived of a normal childhood but are also often subjected to abuse, torture and slavery.

Today is the International Day of the Girl Child. 11 October was declared as the International Day of the Girl by United Nations General Assembly on 19 December, 2011. The objective behind dedicating a day to the Girl child was to highlight their plight and address the needs and challenges that girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights. The theme of this year’s day International Day of the Girl Child is EmPOWER Girls: Before, during and after crises. The theme reflects the global body’s commitment to protect girls from conflicts and violence and to ensure their participation in mediation and negotiation processes.

Owing to the actions taken by global community, significant improvements have been registered in the lives of girls. Nevertheless, a lackadaisical approach seems to have thwarted attempts at resolving some of the challenges that girls face when they enter the second decade of their lives. This includes imparting quality secondary and higher education, eliminating child marriage, spreading awareness about matters related to puberty and reproductive health, and educating them about the dangers posed by unwanted pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease and gender-based violence.

2017 represents a great opportunity to acknowledge the progress made so far in supporting young girls, while at the same time it is should instill a resolve to continue the momentum of extending support to current as well as upcoming generation of adolescent girls, to fulfil their aspirations and to achieve a sustainable and equitable world.

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