11 October 2016, 5th International Day of the Girl
Young women aged 10 to 25 represent a quarter of the population in developing countries. Girls are extremely vulnerable at this stage in their life, and face risks such as early marriage, pregnancy, non-completion of school, and forced labor.
In 2011, the United Nations General Assembly declared 11 October International Day of the Girl, in order to acknowledge girls’ rights and the specific obstacles they encounter across the world today. This day highlights the need to actively promote girls’ empowerment and respect of their human rights.
We currently estimate that 700 million girls in the world are married before they reach the age of 18, more than a third of whom before they reach 15. (UN Women)
Every day, more than 20,000 girls under the age of 18 give birth in developing countries, i.e. more than 7 million girls each year. (UNFPA)
International Day of the Girl has made it possible to highlight the lack of financial resources dedicated to programmes benefiting girls and to show to the importance of generating reliable and specific data to guidestakeholders in the the designs of policies and strategies.
This year’s theme demonstrates the importance of taking action for girls in order to attain the Sustainable Development Goals. Adolescent girls are essential players in change and global development and a priority for Fondation CHANEL . Fondation CHANEL therefore supports numerous innovative projects benefiting girls. Its partners encourage the development of girls through sports, smart use of the media, leadership and life skills development.
source : United Nations