This post is by Lisa Huynh and Maya Boritz of Plan Canada.
Celebrating International Day of the Girl
This October 11 is the International Day of the Girl, a day to advocate for girls’ rights around the world. But did you know that this is only the second time in history this day will be celebrated?
Plan Canada’s Because I am a Girl initiative successfully led a campaign to declare an International Day of the Girl. Last October 11, the world celebrated the inaugural International Day of the Girl, recognizing for the first time girls’ rights on a global scale.
Why a Day of the Girl?
Today, girls still face discrimination in many parts of the world. Too often they lose out on adequate health care, an education and a bright future simply because of their gender.
Harrowing research shows that:
- 70 percent of the world’s 1.4 billion people living in poverty are girls and women.
- Girls are 3 times more likely to be malnourished than boys.
- 65 million girls are denied an education.
- 1 in 3 girls in the developing world will be married by her 18th birthday.
Yet, when girls can claim their right to health and education and participate in society, they become a powerful force for economic development.
This is why we need the Day of the Girl. It highlights the particular needs and rights of girls and advocates for greater action and investment to enable girls to reach their full potential.
The power of girls
Girls who have completed their education are:
- 6 times less likely to be married as children.
- More likely to have fewer, yet healthier children.
- More likely to reinvest their income back into their family, community and country.
The truth is that investing in and supporting girls is one of the best ways to help our global community. By ensuring girls have access to their basic human rights, we’ll help them attain the tools they need to create a better life for themselves and lift their communities and nations out of poverty.
How you can celebrate Day of the Girl
International Day of the Girl is a way to recognize these challenges and to ensure that each year a bright light is focused on the girl issue until it’s resolved. With your help, our collective global action will see that girls get the investment and tools they need to create a better life for themselves, their communities and nations. Girls can change the world, but they can’t do it without your help!
Founded in 1937, Plan is one of the world‘s oldest and largest international development agencies, working in partnership with millions of people around the world to end global poverty. Not for profit, independent and inclusive of all faiths and cultures, Plan has only one agenda: to improve the lives of children. Because I am a Girl is Plan‘s global initiative to end gender inequality, promote girls‘ rights and lift millions of girls – and everyone around them – out of poverty. Visit us www.plancanada.ca and www.becauseiamagirl.ca for more information.
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