International Day of the Girl Child

While there has long been an International Women’s Day and an International Day of the Child, neither of these days recognize the unique position of girls. International Day of the Girl Child is an international observance day declared by the United Nations; it is also called the Day of the Girl and the International Day of the Girl. October 11, 2012, was the first Day of the Girl.

According to the UNICEF, There are 1.1 billion girls in the world today. Unfortunately, in much of the world, they are often faced with discrimination, violence, and lack of equal opportunities. Too often, particularly in developing countries, girls are married very young. Once that happens, they lose access to education, and are vulnerable to sexual and other abuse. Part of the UN’s goal is to gather data on these girls. On the assumption that “what gets counted gets done,” they have called for action for “increased investment in collecting and analyzing girl-focused, girl-relevant and sex-disaggregated data.”

The most important thing that can be done is to give girls access to education. Educated girls stand a better chance of understanding their culture and being able to think for themselves and make choices for their own lives, rather than being sold to a man in a forced marriage.

One way to get involved is Because I am a Girl, a global movement driven by Plan International to ensure girls everywhere can learn, lead, decide and thrive. They declare:

  • All girls have a right to an education
  • All girls have the right to take part in the life of their community and country
  • All girls have the right to decide if and when to marry and/or start a family
  • All girls have the right to live free from violence and have equal economic opportunities.

Women’s equality starts in childhood. Girls deserve a chance.

Quotes about girl power

Why can’t a girl be smart without it being explained away as a rare supernatural phenomenon?–Cat Winters

Girls should be strong together. Strong like steel, merry like the tinkling of chimes dancing in the wind.–Kristin Halbrook

Being a girl doesn’t make you weak, Parker. It makes you special.–Ali Novak

Girl power is about loving yourself and having confidence and strength from within…–Nicole Scherzinger

Astonishingly, not all girls get dressed just to please men. –Jojo Moyes

I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels.–Maya Angelou

We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back. We call upon our sisters around the world to be brave – to embrace the strength within themselves and realize their full potential.–Malala Yousafzai

Girl power in my mind is to let girls be exactly what they are. Let them be angry. Let them be resentful. And rebellious. Let them be hard and soft and loving and sad and silly. Let them be wrong. Let them be right. Let them be everything. because, they are everything.–Amy Sherman-Palladino

If you want to change a whole people, then you start with the girls. It stands to reason: they learn faster, and they pass on what they learn to their children.–Terry Pratchett

The only power any man has over you is the power you give him.–Renee Ahdieh

What’s “suitable for kids” defines what sort of kids we as a society want. And right now, the girls society wants are the ones who can fit on a short list—while the list for boys is without borders or end.–Jason Porath

Gender equality is not a belief, it is not an idea – it is a key element of the society that will define whether we the humans shall march ahead towards glory and advancement, or sink into the abyss of an existential doom.–Abhijit Naskar

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