Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Day of the Girl 2012 Nears

The first International Day of the Girl will be celebrated throughout the world on October 11, 2012. According to the United Nations General Assembly, which adopted a resolution in December 2011 establishing International Day of the Girl, this day is about “helping galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” View a list of endorsements here.

International Day of the Girl

Do you know some of the major crises facing girls?
  1. By 2015, females will make up 64% of the world’s (adult) population who cannot read. (View PDF here.)
  2. Only 30% of girls in the world are enrolled in secondary school. (View PDF here.)
  3. One in 7 girls in developing countries marries before age 15.
To learn more about these and other crises, visit Day of the Girl website.

What can one person do? First, be aware and acknowledge existing individual and institutional barriers exist for the girl child in one's own country. Second, be knowledgeable with regard to international and national laws that deprogram gender bias and stereotypes. Last, with voice and action, promote greater gender equality.