International Day of the Girl Child, October 11

International Day of the Girl Child will be observed 11 October 2017 throughout the world. Annually October 11 is the International Day of the Girl Child declared by the United Nations. It was first observed in October 2012. The girl child exist all over the world especially in under developing/developing countries, in some places it is worse than in others for instance in our own country where women are held in low esteem by many and gender inequality is rampant.

The purpose is to highlight the plight of thousands of girls and provide more opportunity for them while increasing awareness of the gender inequality they face worldwide based upon their gender. This inequality includes areas such as right to and access to education, nutrition, legal rights, medical care and protection from discrimination, violence and forced child marriage.

Nutrition as well as other amenities should be equal for boys and girls. Child marriages should be discouraged firmly and the law dealing with violations should be strictly enforced as they hinder girls’ empowerment and are against their fundamental rights. It is only when girls and women are empowered with equal rights and opportunities that the country will be on the right path to success and prosperity.

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