Today, girls all over the world face adverse circumstances and discrimination simply based on their gender. In 2011, a United Nations resolution established October 11 as International Day of the Girl. This day is not only an opportunity to reflect on the challenges that girls face all over the world, but also a chance to unite and advocate for greater action to tackle these challenges head on.
Here’s a list of just a few of those actions that are crucial in combating some of the challenges girls face today:
- Providing and ensuring access to quality education to prepare girls for life, careers, and leadership roles
- Promoting zero tolerance against physical, emotional, and sexual violence against girls
- Developing and consistently implementing mechanisms to combat child marriage, female genital mutilation, sexual exploitation and trafficking
- Increasing access to health and nutrition services specific to the needs of young women and girls
- Promoting gender-responsive policies, especially for girls who are disabled, vulnerable, or marginalized
- Creating of safe spaces to enhance and enrich the creativity and talents of girls
Global issues like climate change, poverty, political conflict, and disease prevention will never be solved if half of humanity is not treated as an equal partner. Ensuring the rights and investing in the power of young women and girls promises an equitable and prosperous future for all. A global commitment to this investment will directly translate into girls becoming even more powerful, positive agents for change.
When girls are safe, healthy, educated, and empowered, they have the potential to change the world as the next generation of mentors, workers, mothers, entrepreneurs, and leaders.
Happy International Day of the Girl!
Author Biography: Mary Kate Cronin is a senior studying Political Science and International Studies at Northwest Missouri State University. After a semester spent studying in Ghana, she has taken special interest in studying the political, economic, and social challenges facing Sub-Saharan Africa. After graduating, she hopes to earn a Master’s in International Development and return to West Africa to serve in the Peace Corps. In her free time she enjoys watching Rachel Maddow, browsing Pinterest, and drinking tea. She is excited to work as an intern with the Global Issues Team this semester and contribute to the growth of AMP Global Youth!