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International Day of the Girl Child

Courtesy of The International Bank of Bob

Empowerment of and investment in girls are key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence and in promoting and protecting the full and effective enjoyment of their human rights”   -United Nations Resolution 66/170

On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. #DayoftheGirl #EndViolence

This year, the theme is “Empowering adolescent girls: Ending the cycle of violence”. UN Women Executive Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will speak at an event at UNICEF House co-sponsored by UNICEF, UN Women, UNFPA and Plan International, from 12.30-2 p.m.

October 11 is not just a day; it’s a movement.

A worldwide revolution.

I want you, and girls everywhere, to be seen as equals, in the eyes of others and in our own eyes.

In many countries, girls cannot attend school and complete their education because of reasons such as safety, finances, institutional and cultural barriers. “Even when girls are in school, perceived low returns from poor quality of education, low aspirations, or household chores and other responsibilities keep them from attending school or from achieving adequate learning outcomes,” states the United Nations. In order to raise awareness about the education of girls, collaboration is required. According to the United Nations, innovation in partnerships, policies, community mobilization and engagement of young people can help address the importance of the subject and “propel” girls’ education into something that’s no longer just discussed, but is eventually done. While many organizations present special awareness projects on October 11, you can raise awareness every day of the year.

>> Here are some Online Events:

Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, this book covers many inequalities that women face around the world, and the importance of education and how it can fix many of these problems. Since the publishing of the book, a documentary of the same name has also been made. Get a group of family and friends together, watch the film, and end by opening up to a discussion on how this problem could or couldn’t get better.

via Half the Sky
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