1st International Day of the Girl | October 11, 2012

The United Nations has officially declared October 11, 2012 as the world’s first International Day of the Girl Child.

The theme of this year’s IDG is ending ‘child’ marriage.

Over 30% of girls in developing countries are married before 18 years of age; around 14% are married before the age of 15. Early marriage is a risk factor for early pregnancy and poor reproductive health outcomes. Furthermore it perpetuates the cycle of under-education and poverty.³

Facts

Around the World ¹

  • Around the globe, girls are three times more likely to be malnourished than boys.
  • Of the world’s 130 million out-of-school youth, 70% are girls.
  • Each year roughly two million girls between the ages of 5 and 15 are trafficked, sold or coerced into the sex trade.
  • Girls are disproportionately affected by a number of harmful practices, including early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation.
  • Girls continue to face obstacles in access to education and other basic services. 

In Canada ²

  • Young women from 15 to 19 experience nearly 10 times the rate of dating violence as young men.
  • Nearly 70% of victims of internet intimidation are women or young girls.
  • Girls and young women are nearly twice as likely as young men and boys to suffer certain mental health issues, such as depression.
  • Issues of body image and self-esteem remain prevalent among girls.

We must empower our young girls with a healthy self-esteem and the right tools for a brighter future.

We must put a stop to the suffering of a ‘child’ marriage.

If you’ve read this far I highly suggest you read: Canada’s Honourary Youth Ambassador  for International Day of the Girl 2012 – Ms. Alaina Podmorow. She began her quest for change when she was just nine years old. She is now fifteen years old and has won several awards in Canada for her continued support for young girls in Afghanistan. She’s an inspiration for young women everywhere.

Are you wondering what I’m going to do for International Day of the Girl?

  • I will blog, tweet and FB about International Day of the Girl.
  • I will go to my English tutoring session this afternoon and empower two young Italian minds to be the best they can be!
  • I will spread the message to my three young nieces, who, I hope will spread the message along to their friends.
  • I will hold this close to my heart until there is an end to ‘child’ marriage.

What will you do?

1 Sources: Plan Canada; UN Women.
2 Source: Statistics Canada
³ Source: WHO International Day of the Girl Child

About Jennifer Avventura

Canadian Freelance writer living in Sardinia, Italy. A serial expat who has lived in Australia, England and Cayman Islands. She eats Nutella with a spoon and hides under the bed during lightning storms. When she's not out running 6k you will find her sitting at the computer - writing her novel and searching for worldwide waitress work.
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9 Responses to 1st International Day of the Girl | October 11, 2012

  1. I had not idea this was the International Day of the Girl. My partner Sara has worked and lived in Afghanistan, where this is such a huge issue. I will share on FB. Thanks, Jennifer.
    Hugs,
    Kathy

  2. Reblogged this on catbird in america and commented:
    Let’s celebrate girls!

  3. colonialist says:

    It scarcely seems credible that in these ‘enlightened’ times, thing like that continue on such a scale. Maybe women should stage a revolt, overthrow male domination, and keep them properly tame thereafter.

  4. Information is power. Thanks for spreading the word. I’m working in China. There are always more boys than girls in my classes. When you can only have one child, aborting female fetuses (even though finding out the sex of your unborn child is illegal) is rampant…

    • Have you ever wondered what will happen to all these boys when they grow older and can’t find a wife? Or are the women allowed to have more then one husband? How is this good for the future?

      • The Good Villager says:

        Not good at all, but the Chinese government will deny there is a problem.

        There are reports of human trafficking (women kidnapped from other countries and sold as wives) and families sharing wives.

        On the more amusing side, online dating is becoming fierce and a major business.

        Yeah, when you brutalize a segment of the population, there are always long-term consequences…

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