International day of the girl child
International Day of Girl child is a global campaign that was launched by the United Nations in October 2015, to celebrate young women and girls everywhere. This day calls for action to improve the lives of girls in various settings and at different age levels.
The International Day of the Girl Child is dedicated to girls and young women. This day is focusing on empowering all girls and young women as they strive for their rights through education and health, support for economic participation and leadership positions, protection from violence and discrimination and gaining access to services that empower youth girls around the world.
The theme for this year’s International Day of the Girl Child is ‘Our time is now – our rights, our future.’ Its goal is to spotlight how global progress has created unprecedented opportunities for women and girls to access knowledge, education, and opportunity. The target is in line with sustainable development goal four (SDG 4) which is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
This International Day of the Girl Child is a day to encourage action and raise awareness around the challenges girls face. The day aims to highlight existing challenges and injustices, strengthen everyone’s commitment to end violence against girls and maximize the potential of girls, make girls safe from harmful practices like child marriage and female genital mutilation.
As a global community, we share an interest in ensuring girls and all children have their human rights respected and protected. That is why International Day of the Girl Child is a vital opportunity to celebrate the achievements and potential of girls, who are entitled to equitable treatment with their peers—especially during crucial developmental stages like adolescence that set the tone for future success.
Adolescent girls have the right to quality educated, and healthy lives. This applies not only during critical developmental years, but also as they become mature women. When girls are effectively supported during the adolescent years, girls have the ability to change the world – both as the empowered girls of today and as tomorrow’s employees, mothers, businesspersons, mentors, household heads, and leaders. An investment in realising the power of adolescents upholds their rights today and promises a more reasonable and affluent future, one in which half of humanity is an equal partner in solving the problems of climate change, political conflict, economic growth, disease prevention, and global sustainability.
Publishers can celebrate this day by educating readers about the importance of girls’ education, championing the cause and encouraging new projects that lift girls out of poverty.
Girls are breaking boundaries and barriers posed by stereotypes and exclusion, including those directed at children with disabilities and those living in marginalised communities. As entrepreneurs, innovators and initiators of global movements, girls are creating a world that is relevant for them and future generations.
In conclusion we are all here to support the girl child. She brings the hope, joy and a bright future to our nation. The girl child is a gift. We need to uplift her educationally and financially so that she can live with self-esteem, confidence and a high sense of worth. She will return to us with what we have given her, only better – more educated, ready for world stage and more productive in society’s growth story! Let us celebrate her as much as possible on this International Day for Girl Child.