The United Nations has declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child, to focus attention on girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights. Not many of us realise this remarkable event on this day.
This year’s observance targets “The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030.”
There are nearly 600 million girls aged 10 to 19 in the world today, each with limitless individual potential, however they are disappearing from public awareness and the international development agenda. Between inequities in secondary education to protection issues, adolescent girls are uniquely impacted and should benefit from targeted investments and programmes that address their distinct needs. Investing in adolescent girls can have a formidable ripple effect to create a better world by 2030.
On this International Day of the Girl, let us join hands in highlighting the unique challenges and potential of adolescent girls.
Thirty million girls around the world are not in elementary school. In Nigeria, the sixth biggest oil producer in the world, many girls receive just six months of education over their entire lives.
If the world works together, maybe in another generation we won’t have to have a special day, because girls worldwide will at last be getting the education — and respect — they deserve.