As girls around the world continually experience gender discrimination and inequality, October 11 is Day of the Girl which aims to promote youth rights and gender justice for girls all around the world.
According to the UN, the day promotes the “empowerment” of the roughly 1.1 billion young girls currently living in 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,” the UN’s mission statement reads.
This year, the day’s theme is: “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,” the UN said.
Those wanting to celebrate at a specific event in a specific city can visit DayOfTheGirl.org to find one.
According to a Plan Australia survey, Girls around the world are growing up believing they are treated unfairly.
— Plan Australia (@PlanAustralia) October 11, 2017