The 11th of October 2018 is the seventh annual International Day of the Girl Child. Since 2012 the International Day of the Girl is celebrated to highlight some of the challenges faced by girls around the world. The event is organised by the United Nations (UN), an organisation of 193 countries that takes action on human rights and peace and aims to promote girl’s empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.
In some countries girl’s opinions often aren’t considered important, and in many parts of the world they don’t have the opportunity to go to school. Often these countries are less developed and include the countries that provide maids to the UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Due to cultural norms and poverty families prefer their sons to get an education and their daughters to stay and help around the home and then get married. There are estimated to be 130 million girls of school age in the world who are unable to attend school, making it harder for them to get good and well paid jobs.
Difference in the upbringing and aspirations’ of girls are still evident in developed countries. It is important to promote equal opportunities for both genders for the benefit of the societies in which they live. This year, under the theme With Her: A Skilled GirlForce the event aims to create more opportunities for girls. Working with different organisations, the United Nations will create projects to give girls the skills they need to get better paid jobs.
For more information on the International Day of the Girl Child visit the United Nations site.