International Day of the Girl Child 11 October:
Since 2012, 11 October has been marked as the International Day of the Girl. The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while celebrating the potential of girls across the world and promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights in the face of threats, discrimination, and the issues of their well-being. The observance of the day draws attention to the gender inequalities between boys and girls and creates awareness of gender discrimination that prevails in the society.
Great progress has been in the past years in addressing the rights of a girl child. The 2018 theme for the International Day of the Girl Child is “With Her: A Skilled Girl Force” and will mark the beginning of a year-long effort to bring together partners and stakeholders to advocate for, and draw attention and investments to, the most pressing needs and opportunities for girls to attain skills for employability.
Today’s generation of girls are preparing to enter a world of work that is being transformed by innovation and automation. Educated and skilled workers are in great demand, but roughly a quarter of young people – most of them female – are currently neither employed or in education or training. There is much work to be done alongside all girls to expand existing learning opportunities, chart new pathways and calling on the church, country and global community to rethink how to prepare them for a successful transition into the world of work. As a church we can do more to raise awareness on the issues that affect the girl child, we must foster dialogue within and outside the church to protect girls from harmful practices such as early marriages and other practices that cause gender inequalities. As a church we have the platform and responsibility to empower the girl child through ensuring universal access to education. For so many girls facing unequal access to resources and opportunities the church can be the solution.