The International Day of The Girl Child, which is also sometimes referred to as “Day of the Girl,” was first celebrated in the year 2011 on October 11th. This day signifies the struggles of the female gender in the world and tries to bring light to the gender inequality, which is an international problem.
This day highlights the unique issues faced by girls everywhere, most of which are deemed invisible due to the fact that they’re only encountered by a singular gender.
The International Day of the Girl Child targets to increase awareness of gender stereotypes that prevail in all societies, violence that occurs against girls and girl children, and economic inconsistencies that affect girls only and disproportionately affect the international demographic of everything else in question.
The International Day of the Girl Child initiative began as a project of Plan International, which is a non-governmental organization that operates internationally.
The idea for an international day of execution and celebration came through Plan International’s “Because I Am a Girl” campaign. This campaign had raised awareness of the importance of nurturing girls globally and in developing countries in particular.
Plan International representatives in the country of Canada approached their own federal government to seek to the alliance of supporters to raise more awareness of the initiative internationally.
Eventually, Plan International urged the United Nations to become involved, and so, six years ago, United Nations brought about the Day of the Girl when it had been formally proposed by Canada in the United Nations General Assembly.
The goal was to empower girls which would help the world achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, contained in Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. These ambitious goals aim to realize a world without extreme poverty or gender inequality, and with universal access to education and sexual and reproductive health and rights.
The International Day of the Girl Child strives to address the “invisibility” of the female child in the global development agenda. The campaign has stated that poverty largely affects the demographic, an issue that can only be righted by promoting gender equality and ensuring that young girls are respected and valued in society, as mentioned above as well.
There are 1.1 billion female children today, which in itself is a powerful citizenry for shaping a sustainable world that’s better for everyone. They are overflowing with talent and creativity, but their dreams and potential are often dissatisfied due to the discrimination, violence and lack of equal opportunities they face. There are glaring gaps in data as well as the knowledge about the specific needs and challenges that a girl child faces.
Join in and try to work towards the betterment of the population that goes unnoticed. Tweet for the cause by using the hashtag of “#girlchild” or “#dayofgirl” and make a statement to get involved as well.