Hi there! Let’s stop for a minute to talk about the girl child once again.
Today marks the International Day of the Girl Child, a United Nations led initiative supporting the more than 1.1 billion girls worldwide who are a powerful force for shaping a sustainable world.
It’s another important day for us to remember the human rights of every girl child. A girl is a powerful agent of change for a better and equal world, but her potential is constantly undermined by violence and discrimination. I’m very glad that theme for his year addresses that.
“Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: A Global Girl Data Movement”, calling for action on increasing the availability and analysis of girl-focused and sex-disaggregated data.
All adolescent girls have the right to a safe, educated and healthy life. Indeed, if they’re effectively supported during these critical formative years, girls have the potential to change the world.
When adolescent girls are empowered, it benefits all. Empowered girls grow into empowered women who can care better for themselves and their families, increase their earning potential, serve as active and equal citizens and change agents, and spur economic growth for communities and nations. Girls worldwide are stepping into the shoes of presidents, business leaders, stars and more. This is very encouraging, but we need to do more to demand a fair world where girls and boys have equal opportunities.
October 11 is not just a day; it’s a movement. A worldwide revolution.
So on this International Day of the Girl Child, I stand with the global community to support girls’ progress everywhere. Let girls be girls.