INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL

January 22, 2024

11th OCTOBER

Discovering this day has been quite something for me. Honestly, I didn’t know about it, and it turns out it’s been around since 2011. As a kid, I always celebrated Children’s Day on April 30th, and I loved it because it meant no school uniform and a little gift at school, plus my parents always prepared a small surprise for us.

I’ve been contemplating a lot about this day. I would like to know if April 30th applies only to boys, leaving girls out of the celebration. I don’t know if there are folks who feel excluded from both Children’s Day and the International Day of the Girl. Today, I have more questions than answers, but if it’s about helping girls have a better present and future, I think it’s a great initiative.

I’m delving into deeper research about the benefits of creating days like this, but while I seek answers, I found some interesting facts about this day:

  • Origin of the date: The International Day of the Girl was officially established on December 19th, 2011, by the United Nations General Assembly. However, its recognition started to gain international attention even before that date.
  • The significance of the number 11: Choosing October 11th to commemorate this day wasn’t by chance. The number 11 represents the age at which many girls are subjected to forced marriages and other forms of child abuse.
  • Global campaigns: Organizations like UNICEF and Plan International lead global campaigns on the Day of the Girl to raise awareness about the challenges girls face and promote gender equality.
  • Legislative changes: In some countries, awareness about the International Day of the Girl has led to significant legislative changes to protect and promote girls’ rights. These changes include laws against child marriage, female genital mutilation, and other harmful practices.
  • Inspiring girls: Celebrating the International Day of the Girl provides role models and inspiring examples of girls who have overcome obstacles and achieved success in various fields. This motivates other girls to pursue their dreams and believe in their own potential.
  • Support for health programs: Awareness about the International Day of the Girl has also led to increased support for health programs focusing on girls’ specific needs, such as maternal and child healthcare and reproductive health.

If anyone knows more about this topic, please share, so we can together clear any doubts.

Thank you for reading! Have a fantastic day! 😘

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