Updated: Jan 21
If you think that educating your girl is enough for her to tackle the boundaries of tradition, then you are wrong. You have to ensure that not only you empower her with education, but also make her strong enough to resist the evils of societal pressure under which she often buckles. Her life and honor are far more important than "What will people say?" A little emotional support from the parents can make the life of a daughter beautiful.
Girl child day sounds like a fun holiday that celebrates everything good about being young and female, but the holiday was created to serve a much greater purpose than that. The need for attention towards issues related to girls surfaced when it was found that many global development plans do not include or consider girls and their issues become invisible. More than 62 million girls around the world had no access to education, as of c. 2014, according to USAID.
Worldwide and collectively, girls ages 5 to 14 spend more than 160 million hours more on household chores than boys of the same age do and many girls around the world are vulnerable to acts of sexual violence and the perpetrators often go unpunished.
Celebrating Girl Childs became a thing when the United Nations adopted resolution 66/170 which recognized that empowerment of and investment in girls, is critical for economic growth, the achievement of all Millennium Development Goals, including the eradication of poverty and extreme poverty, as well as the meaningful participation of girls in decisions that affect them, are key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence and in promoting and protecting the full and effective enjoyment of their human rights, and recognizing also that empowering girls requires their active participation in decision-making processes and the active support and engagement of their parents, legal guardians, families and care providers, as well as boys and men and the wider community.
The Day of Girls helps raise awareness not only of the issues that girls face, but also of what is likely to happen when those problems are solved. For example, educating girls helps reduce the rate of child marriage, disease and helps strengthen the economy by helping girls have access to higher paying jobs.
Girl Child Day is celebrated to recognize girl rights, and the unique challenges girls face all over the world. The day aims to shed light on all the reasons we, as a global society, need to address the challenges, biases, dangers, and injustices young girls deal with all over the world.
International Day Of The Girl is meant to promote the empowerment of of young girls everywhere, while also advocating for the attainment of their basic human rights, like of young girls everywhere, while also advocating for the attainment of their basic human rights, like education and bodily autonomy.
Why is Girl Child Day such a big deal?
There are 1.1 billion girls alive today who could grow up to change the world if they’re simply given access to things like secondary education, proper nutrition, and family planning services. In fact, experts from the Brookings Institution believe secondary education for girls could be the most successful and cost-effective investment against Climate Change.
* Girls’ education strengthens economies and creates jobs - Millions of educated girls, means more working women with the potential to add up to $12 trillion USD to global growth.
* Communities are more stable — and can recover faster after conflict — when girls are educated. When a country gives all its children secondary education, they cut their risk of war in half. Education is vital for security around the world because extremism grows alongside inequality.
* Educated girls are healthier citizens who raise healthier families - Educated girls are less likely to marry young or contract HIV — and more likely to have healthy, educated children. Each additional year of school a girl completes cuts both infant mortality and child marriage rates.
* Investing in girls’ education is good for our planet - The Brookings Institution calls secondary schooling for girls the most cost-effective and best investment against climate change. Research also suggests that girls’ education reduces a country’s vulnerability to natural disasters.
"When girls are educated, their countries become stronger and more prosperous."
In reality, though, over 130 million girls are out of school worldwide. With the exception of China - one in 3 girls are married in the developing countries before reaching the age of 18 - —which means 47,700 girls are coerced into underage marriages on a daily basis. At least 500 million women and girls lack a private place to change their sanitary protection—a fact which leads to reproductive tract infections and fewer girls in school.
This week at Empower Beyond Boundaries, we are celebrating Girl Child Week. Come join us on your Facebook Page + Group - "Empower Beyond Boundaries" and celebrate with us.
Editor & Communication Coordinator