In an effort to strengthen the voices of the world's 1.1 billion girls, October 11th is named International Day of the Girl Child. "Not only do more girls drop out as education progresses, around 13.2 per cent girls continue to be illiterate, compared to 10 per cent of boys (Census 2011)", it added. In Canada and around the world, far too many girls are subjected to sexual and gender-based violence, and struggle to get the quality education, health care, and economic opportunities they need.
Approximately 70 million young women today were married before age 18, according to the United Nations, which notes that child marriage denies a girl her childhood, disrupts her education, limits her opportunities, increases her risk of being a victim of violence and abuse, and jeopardizes her health.
The Girls' Agenda is a young women's- led organization that promotes the respect, protection and fulfillment of the human rights of and advancement of girls and young women. "They are working to end violence against women and girls, to recognize indigenous rights, and to build peaceful and cohesive communities". a statement from the UN Women website on the day reads.
Just in case you weren't already aware from your Twitter feeds, today is International Day of the Girl (IDG).
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"Education for girls is one of the best strategies for protecting girls against child marriage", Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message for the Day.
According to PLAN Cameroon, urgent action is needed to prevent thousands of girls from being forced into marriage in the next decade. Around 2,043 events were organized for the celebration of the Day of the girl by 2013.
People are encouraged to participate by posting pictures of places where they believe girls belong on social media with the hashtag #GirlBelongHere. More than 100 million women are missing globally and about one-third of the girls living in the developing countries are married off before they turn 18. It focuses mostly on the development of adolescent girls by empowering them with basic but crucial life skills to achieve their fullest potentials.