Today marks the day the United Nations has set out to promote the interests of girls around the world through the International Day of the Girl.
The theme for this year is “Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: What Counts for Girls”, which emphasizes that progress for girls is also progress for families, the community, and the world. The UN has called for mending the gaps in data on girls and young women, adding more systemic analysis, and taking a closer look at existing data so that the wellbeing of girls can be communicated more effectively.
“Much more can and needs to be done to harness the data required to ensure programs, policies and services effectively respond to the specific needs of girls.” The UN released through their website. “When we invest in girls’ health, safety, education and rights – in times of peace and crisis – we empower them to reach for their dreams and build better lives for themselves and their communities.”
The International Day of the Girl was adopted as a resolution by the United Nations General Assembly on December 19, 2011 with the expressed purpose of addressing the challenges girls face and to promote female empowerment as well as the fulfillment of their human rights.
“Adolescent girls have the right to a safe, educated, and healthy life, not only during these critical formative years, but also as they mature into women.” The UN website explains. “If effectively supported during the adolescent years, girls have the potential to change the world – both as the empowered girls of today and as tomorrow’s workers, mothers, entrepreneurs, mentors, household heads, and political leaders.
Activist groups that support women’s rights can come together and discuss ways to create change in the lives if girls for the future. The Day of the Girl-US, which organizes events pertaining to the International Day of the Girl in America, helps these groups to facilitate discussion, while employing an Action Team, comprised entirely of young women, to promote activism.
Issues discussed by the Action Teams as well as the website include girls in STEM, or science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, body positivity, relationship abuse, and Title IX laws. Campaigns include promoting easy and free ways for girls to learn how to code, bringing menstruation stations to schools across the country, and resources for making sure girls are given a complete overview of Sex-Ed.
Facebook has a filter for those who wish to express solidarity with the ideas being promoted through the International Day of the Girl, while on Twitter the hashtag #InternationalDayOfTheGirl is circulating for those who want ot express their feelings.
— Anisha Seth (@AnishaSeth25) October 11, 2016
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