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International Day of The Girl Child.

11 Oct

Today is The International Day of the Girl child.

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Every single girl from across the world deserves equal opportunities, respect, dignity and the right to live a life without fear or having to deal with abuse. Girls are one of the greatest gifts to earth, they are a source of energy, power and creativity. They can drive change and help build a better future for all. Yet, most girls face disadvantage and discrimination on a daily basis, and those living through crises are suffering even more. There are many communities where girls are forced to miss school during their menstrual cycles, as they cannot afford sanitary products and there is still a huge stigma around menstruation.

On December 19, 2011, United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. The International Day of the Girl Child focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.
If girls are effectively supported during their adolescent years, they 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. An investment in realising the power of adolescent girls upholds their rights today and promises a more equitable and prosperous 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.

This year, International Day of the Girl (11 October) will focus on the theme, “EmPOWER girls: Before, during and after conflict”.

Every 10 minutes, somewhere in the world, an adolescent girl dies as a result of violence. In humanitarian emergencies, gender-based violence often increases, subjecting girls to sexual and physical violence, child marriage, exploitation
and trafficking. Adolescent girls in conflict zones are 90 per cent more likely to be out of school when compared to girls in conflict-free countries, compromising their future prospects for work and financial independence as adults.

Across the world, empowered girls are raising their voices to fight for their rights and protection in all contexts. They are working to end violence against women and girls, to recognize indigenous rights, and to build peaceful and cohesive communities.

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Support your local community of women’s organizations in promoting the wellbeing of the girl child. There are great initiatives or campaigns such as:

http://www.unwomen.org – UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.

https://www.cellc.co.za/cellc/girl-child – Cell C’s Take a Girl Child to Work Day® is a respected movement that affords grade 10 to 12 girl learners, from all walks of life, the chance to experience a day in the workplace first-hand. For many, the day spent in the working world, shadowing top executives and entrepreneurs opens up a world of hope and dreams. It inspires girls to work hard to achieve what they want to attain in life and contributes towards making their dreams tangible. First introduced to the South African business community on 8 May 2003.

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http://v-girls.org – V-Girls is a global network of girl activists and advocates empowering themselves and one another to change the world, one girl at a time. Inspired by Eve Ensler’s best selling book I Am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls, V-Girls is a platform for girls to amplify their voices and ignite their activism. V-Girls is rooted in youth-driven activism and led by the vision and strategy of the V-Girls Action Team, a dynamic of girl activists from around the world, and supported by mentors, parents, educators, and girl advocates.

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http://gracevillauganda.weebly.com/ – Grace Villa is a loving sanctuary for orphaned and vulnerable girls. Our girls were rescued from the streets, child headed households and abusive homes. We exist to ensure that these girls and many more out there are safe, cared for, empowered and given an opportunity to thrive.

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https://minacup.org – The MINA MENSTRUAL CUP is especially designed for teenage girls and first time users.
By buying MINA for yourself, you automatically donate one to a MINA champion.
MINA has a life span of five years, she is cheap, safe, environmentally-friendly and she is a girl’s best friend. Mina is small, soft and re-usable. The Mina Cup can be worn between six to twelve hours and collects up to three times more fluid than tampons.

“If you think that educating your girl is enough for her to tackle the boundaries of tradition, then you are wrong. You have to ensure that not only you empower her with education, but also make her strong enough to resist the evils of societal pressure under which she often buckles. Her life and honour are far more important than “What will people say?” A little emotional support from the parents can make the life of a daughter abused by her in-laws beautiful.”
― Neelam Saxena Chandra

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Rosie Motene
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