Today is International Day of the Girl Child, a day that hopes to promote the empowerment of girls all over the world – promoting their human rights, and demanding all girls have a right to a safe and healthy life with good education.
The International Day of the Girl Child was started in 2011, when the UN General Assembly declared October 11 as the day in which to recognise the unique challenges girls face around the world. This year, the focus is on empowering girls “before, during and after conflict”. Girls living in conflict areas experience considerably more violence and discrimination than those who don’t, and are 90% more likely to be out of school.
And around the world, around 116 million women in developing countries have still not completed primary school, according to UNESCO, while two thirds of the worldwide illiterate population are female.