October 11 is the International Day of the Girl Child. This year’s theme is “Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: A Global Girl Data Movement.” Today’s world contains 1.1 billion girls. Unfortunately, girls are some of the most disadvantaged and discriminated members of society. As of 2015, we can celebrate the successes made in the first decade of the lives of girls: they are benefitting from primary school, receiving vaccinations, and are suffering less health and nutrition problems than their ancestors did. However, as they enter the second decade of their lives they have many more obstacles to face, including avoiding child marriage, experiencing gender-based violence, obtaining secondary and tertiary education, etc.
This year and beyond, let us work together to strengthen governmental and social systems that will allow girls to grow up to become strong, healthy, educated women in the future. After all, “women hold up half the sky.”
Learn more: http://www.un.org/en/events/girlchild/