Why is the International Day of the Girl celebrated?

The 11 October the International Girl’s Day. Why the United Nations (UN) decided it was essential to celebrate girls around the world? We explain it to you.

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History

The initiative of International Girl’s Day it was proposed by Canada in the UN General Assembly. After an intense campaign, on December 19, 2011, the vote was favorable so that each October 11 this day is celebrated, whose objective is:

“[…] empowering and investing in girls, which are critical to economic growth, the achievement of all the Millennium Development Goals, including the eradication of poverty and extreme poverty, and the meaningful participation of girls in the decisions that affect them are key to breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence and to promoting and protecting the full and effective enjoyment of their human rights ”.

In other words, it seeks to provide support to girls around the world in defending their rights. It also seeks to create awareness about the problems that minors go through simply because they are girls.

Problems facing girls today

The International Girl’s Day seeks the true empowerment of girls, who are just as fundamental to economic growth as boys.

It recognizes that meaningful participation of girls in the decisions that affect their lives is the key to breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence, as well as empowering young women to become free and inspired women of tomorrow.

Therefore, the International Girl’s Day, seeks to raise awareness of the challenges and problems faced by girls around the world. In this way, take actions to improve your quality of life. For instance:

  1. Around 33 thousand girls are getting married every day around the world.
  2. The UN estimates that 340,000 girls and young women are infected with the virus each year and more than 3 million girls and young women are currently living with HIV worldwide.
  3. About 44% of 15-19 year old girls think it is okay for a husband to hit his wife.
  4. Girls between the ages of 5 and 14 dedicate more than 28 hours to work, which is twice the time that boys do.
  5. 96% of people trafficked for sexual exploitation are girls and women.

Herein lies the importance of International Girl’s Day, shedding light on these deep-rooted issues, along with backward ideas that have been passed down for generations, that have made gender-based discrimination and oppression a common threat in every household, especially in developing countries.

The International Day of the Girl seeks to eliminate the tragic difficulties of girls around the world. It is time to raise awareness and take action.

With information from the United Nations (UN)

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