International Day of the Girl Child – 11th October 2015
The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030.
“Who runs the world? Girls!” (Thanks, Beyonce).
Growing up I always thought I could do anything I wanted and it never even occurred to me that perhaps in some parts of the world girls were growing up without this belief and they didn´t have the same access to education and jobs as I had. Unfortunately though this is a reality in some parts of the world. Two days ago International Day of the Girl Child was celebrated in order to promote rights and opportunities for girls growing up across the world.
In 2011 the UN dedicated the 11th of October as International Day of the Girl Child in order to recognize the challenges that girls face growing up in the 21st century but also to recognize the importance of the rights of young girls across the world.
Since its inception in 2011 the day has covered various themes such as: ending child marriage, innovation in education and empowering young girls.
This year the theme of the day was promoting the vision for 2030, a vision that demonstrates complete gender equality and looks to create a world in which girls have the same rights and access to education as boys and believe in their own ability to achieve their goals and become whatever they want to be. In celebrating the International Day of the Girl Child UN member states committed to providing equal opportunities for girls and women in fields such as education, healthcare and jobs as well as promoting a zero tolerance approach to gender violence.
Events took place all around the world to celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child and Michelle Obama even created a spotify playlist called ´Girl Power´ which you can find here: https://play.spotify.com/user/thewhitehouse/playlist/3R2DGCLfGdVqqqN6rdQYr5
“If you want to break the cycle of poverty, educate a girl” – Graca Michel.