October 11st 2017 – International Day of the Girl Child
Created by the UN in 2011, International Day of the Girl Child “aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.”
UN Women, observes that, tragically: every 10 minutes, somewhere in the world, an adolescent girl dies as a result of violence. In humanitarian emergencies, gender-based violence often increases, subjecting girls to sexual and physical violence, child marriage, exploitation and trafficking. Adolescent girls in conflict zones are 90 per cent more likely to be out of school when compared to girls in conflict-free countries, compromising their future prospects for work and financial independence as adults.
On this occasion, the NGO Plan International has launched a virtual campaign on social networks calling for a great display of solidarity: “#agirltoday , a woman tomorrow”, alongside its international campaign #GirlsTakeover (600 takeovers. 60 countries. Girls are stepping into the shoes of top leaders for the Day of the Girl to show their power and potential).