International Day of the Girl Child 2017: 5 Things You Should Know About the Day of the Girl

Chethana Prakasan
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International Day of the Girl Child 2017: 5 Things You Should Know About the Day of the Girl

International Day of the Girl Child is observed on October 11 every year. Here are some facts you should know about the Day of the Girl.

International Day of the Girl Child, which is also known as the International Day of the Girl and the Day of the Girl, was launched by the United Nations on October 11, 2012. Every year the day is observed to bring focus on gender inequality and creating more opportunities for girls. It aims to raise awareness about the challenges faced by girls across the world including domestic violence, discrimination and child marriage. Inequality also includes violence against girls and right to education.  Across the world, over 62 million girls have no access to education. Girls are also vulnerable to sexual violence. The International Day of the Girl Child is observed to address all these issues and promote fulfillment of girl’s rights and girl’s empowerment. Here are some facts about the Day of the Girl. (ALSO READ Mumbai CSMT Lights Up In Pink To Support International Day of the Girl Child).

1. October 11 was declared as the International Day of the Girl Child by the United Nations General Assembly on December 19, 2012.

2. Every year the International Day of the Girl Child has a theme. The first theme was ‘ending child marriage.’ In 2013, the theme was ‘innovating for girl’s education’ and in 2014, the theme was ‘Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence.’ The theme for 2015 was ‘The Power of Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030’ and for 2016, it was ‘Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: What Counts for Girls.’ This year, the theme is ‘The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030.’

3. International Day of the Girl Child came into being due to Because I Am a Girl campaign by Plan International, a non-governmental organization. The campaign was to educate people about the importance of nurturing girl child across the world, especially in the developing countries. The International Day of the Girl Child started at Plan International’s project.

4. Many events are organized for the Day of the Girl. Around 2,043 events were organized for the celebration of the Day of the girl by 2013. Events like concerts, girl’s football matches and distribution of clothes are organized on this day.

5. For 2017, the theme of ‘The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030’ was selected because teenage girls have limitless potential and should get benefit from the programs and investments. Investing in the teenage girls today is believed to make the world a better place by 2030.

Even today, selective abortions and female infanticide are practiced in many parts of Asia. More than 100 million women are missing globally and about one-third of the girls living in the developing countries are married off before they turn 18. This leads to discontinued education and unwanted pregnancy. International Day of the Girl Child tries to focus on these challenges faced by girls in their everyday life.