International Day of the Girl Child

Sister Germaine Price, representing the Company of the Daughters of Charity at the United Nations, shares the news below from the UN in New York:

[UN-NGO] October 11 has been declared International Day of the Girl Child by the United Nations General Assembly and will be celebrated for the first time in 2012. It is a day to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. This international day will also promote equal treatment and opportunities for girls.

On this important occasion, the members of the United Nations (UN) will collectively recognize, for the first time, child marriage as a human rights violation.  The vast potential of girls and young women will only be realized when the consequences of child marriage are addressed. Various activities, such as a special exhibit on child marriage sponsored by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), are being organized at UN Headquarters to raise awareness and encourage advocacy and action.


The day is also an important opportunity for Member States, UN partners, civil society and the private sector to collectively to commit to joint efforts that will generate new evidence and knowledge and to discuss recommendations to combat child marriage.

Child marriage is just one of the reasons we need the Day of the Girl. Girls themselves say there are a billion reasons why we need this Day. History shows that it hasn’t ever been easy to be a girl and, despite awesome changes in the status and perception of women and girls, her story is still a complicated and challenging one.  Some of the other reasons are: limited educational opportunities, illiteracy and school dropout, physical and sexual violence, lack of role models, forced labor and limited work opportunities, trafficking, negative media images and most importantly, inequality. Girls are asking for equality in everything.  They want to make their own decisions and they want to participate in family and community decisions that affect their lives.  All of these issues and many more are barriers to girls’ full participation in the world in which they live.

You are invited to participate in the Day of the Girl Virtual Summit: 10-11-12 at DAYOFTHEGIRLSUMMIT.COM 

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