International Day of the Girl Child is an international observance day declared by the United Nations; it is also called the Day of Girls and the International Day of the Girl.
October 11, 2012, was the first Day of the Girl Child. The observation supports more opportunity for girls and increases awareness of gender inequality faced by girls worldwide based upon their gender.
This inequality includes areas such as access to education, nutrition, legal rights, medical care, and protection from discrimination, violence against women and forced child marriage.
The celebration of the day also “reflects the successful emergence of girls and young women as a distinct cohort in development policy, programming, campaigning and research.”
There are 1.1 billion girls in the world.
On International Day of the Girl, it’s time to focus on solutions for change so those girls won’t have to wait 217 years to reach full gender equality.
This means equal pay for equal work, a balanced gender ratio in leadership positions and the accurate portrayal of women and girls in media and advertisements.