“Though she be but little, she is fierce”- William Shakespeare. With this quote, let us ring in International Day of the Girl Child 2021. The International Day observes annually on October 11. The United Nations set this date to urge the global community to embolden gender equality impacts.
Moreover, this year the UN urges the world to bridge the gender digital divide. It exists in diverse skills and jobs. It is a challenge that society is increasingly facing due to the coronavirus pandemic. ” The gender digital divide in connectivity, devices, and use, skills and jobs are real,” the UN said.
Further, It details the significance of the day in its official statement. UN said,” It is an inequality and exclusion gap across geographies and generations that is our challenge to address. If the digital revolution is to be for all, with all, by all then we can address it.
History of International Day of the Girl Child
A blueprint for a proper framework of recognizing girls’ rights first began to take shape in 1955. It begins at the World Conference on Women in China. Further, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which unanimously adopted by all countries present. Since then it regarded as ” the most progressive blueprint ever for advancing the rights of not only women but girls.”
Later, on December 18, 2021, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) declared October 11 as the Day of Girl child. It declares to recognize the unique challenges that girls face around the world. The challenges of girls may be completely different from that of women face.
Importance of the Day
Adolescent girls can go through an exceptionally important phase. In this phase, they have to empower with the right tools to change the world by ensuring a safe, educated, and healthy lifestyle. Moreover, they have the potential to be both the empowered girl of today as well as tomorrow’s workers. Also as a mother, entrepreneur, mentor, household head, or political leader.
According to the United Nations,” An investment in realizing the power of adolescent girls upholds their rights today. We promise a more equitable and prosperous future, one in which half of humanity is an equal partner. In solving their problems of climate change, political conflict, economic growth, disease prevention, and global sustainability.”
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 sustainable development goals were adopted by world leaders in 2015. Moreover, each of the 17 goals is integral;l to achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Mother Teresa said,” Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.”
How to promote it?
According to the UN, there are more than few ways one can involve with promoting the Day. One can share stories, blogs, and videos of inspiring adolescent girls. Moreover, who are tech trailblax]zers collectively amplifying the call to action to expand these pathways for every girl, everywhere.
Moreover, people can also make themselves more aware of the ways to address the gender divide. Further, we can amplify the means to achieving, meaningful and sustainable change in the digital revolution.
This is high time we have to wake up. Make girls feel special and don’t feel that she is a burden because every person on the earth has an identification with the girl. So, let’s celebrate the birth of the girl child and aware people of the importance of girls.
Margaret Thatcher said,” If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.”
Hillary Clinton Said,” To all the little girls who are watching this, never fought that you are valuable and powerful. And deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your dreams.”
UNHCR and UNICEF will facilitate a virtual roundtable discussion for educating girls, they tweet…
11th October is the International Day of the Girl Child.
UNHCR and UNICEF will facilitate a virtual roundtable discussion to brainstorm and discuss innovative financing solutions for educating girls, including refugee girls. Register to join here: 👇https://t.co/ynTZCQ4xK6 pic.twitter.com/FVPsIbdR2J
— UNHCR Southern Africa (@UNHCRSouthernAF) October 6, 2021