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International Day of the Girl Child, Oct.11

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International Day of the Girl Child

What is it?

The United Nations has declared October 11, 2012 as the world’s first

International Day of the Girl Child

“To help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.”

Canada has led the international community in adopting this day,

along with the support of Plan Canada.

This day will make a difference in the lives of girls and young women as citizens and as powerful voices of change in their families, their communities and their nations.

 Why is it important?

Equal opportunity for girls is good for all of us.

Girls throughout the world face higher rates of violence, poverty, and discrimination.

In Canada,

girls have higher rates of depression,

sexual harassment and dating violence.

There is a growing recognition around the world that support for girls and their basic human rights is key for healthy communities. Improving girls’ lives has a ripple effect. What is good for them is good for all of us. This international day will promote equal treatment and opportunities for girls around the world in areas such as law, nutrition, health care, education, training, and freedom from violence and abuse.

The Working Group on Girls 

Theme for 2012: Ending Child marriage

For its first observance,

this year’s Day will focus on child marriage,

which is a fundamental human rights violation

and impacts all aspects of a girl’s life.

go here to learn more

Shakira promotes education in India

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