INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD
Oct 11, 2012 – has been designated as the International Day of the Girl Child. The United Nations has finally taken the initiative to mark one day in the calendar year where we recognize the inequality of boys and girls around the world. One day out of 365 when we all are made to think of the girl children of this world and the lamentable situation the majority of them live in. On Oct 11, The Washington Post blogged the Five Facts of global girls rights you guessed it, there are few rights for most girls and women in developing countries. Its an eye-opener to think that this gender inequity and deliberate subjugation of girls continues to go on in the 21st century.
The International Day of Girls should be 365 days of the year – maybe then concrete action would be taken to address the continued inequity of young girls everywhere.
Two days before the UN celebrated Girl Day, on Oct 9th, a 14 year old schoolgirl called Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Taliban her crime? She is a girl who wants to go to school. When she was 11, Malala started to speak out against the Talibans banning of girls from schools in the Swat Valley District in Pakistan and blogged about her life under the Taliban regime. Her voice and her bravery have inspired other young girls in Pakistan and around the world, but it also got her shot.
Terrible to think that someone was shot for asking for what should be a basic human right education for girls.
Malala is now in England undergoing treatment our thoughts and prayers are with her.
Girls in the third world face huge obstacles child marriages, children giving birth to babies, and the fight to be educated, not to mention human trafficking and the sex trade. But girls around the globe are facing the challenges of being born female even in so called first world nations.
My daughters have to face inequity of a different kind. They are educated, they enjoy the same rights as men, they can vote, but theyve grown up with the pressures of a hyper-sexualized society, bombarded with images of women and female body parts in media being used to sell everything from cars to yogurt to shoes to technology. Its the 21st century, but chances are my daughters will be paid less then their male counterparts at work, and now there there are politicians who are pushing to abolish their right to free contraception and abortion.
This after almost 40 years of feminism in the West.
Are we as women really ready to accept this status quo?
It will take so much more than one day a year to work on eradicating inequality for girls around the world, but from now on, at least there is one day dedicated to girls but they should be in our hearts and minds always.
Because I am A Girl and The Girl Effect are two incredible initiatives that strive to bring our attention to the conditions of life for girls and women around the globe. Take a look at what theyre doing maybe it will inspire you to help girls out too.