Happy girl’s day in arrears!

Females are beautiful blessed creatures who grace the earth with feminine wiles, immense strength, an incredible propensity for motherhood, uncanny intuition, astounding tenacity and multi-tasking abilities.

So let’s bring out the best in the young ones!

Nekita ink celebrates girl’s day with all the girls all over the world.

The international day of the girl child was celebrated worldwide three days ago on October 11th.

In 2011, as the result of youth advocacy around the world, the United Nations declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child. Its mission is “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” It’s a day when activist groups come together under the same goal to highlight, discuss, and take action to advance rights and opportunities for girls everywhere.

This is the first time this special girl’s day is receiving a lot of attention and I hope it gets better every year.

It’s a shame that there hasn’t been much publicity about this day because it is a glorious cause truly worthy of celebration.

Perhaps it would gain more recognition if indeed it was a public holiday every country.

I was once a little girl myself and I was one of the few to luckily grow up in environments where boys and girls were more or less treated the same.

I grew up having both male and female friends and barely knew the difference between a man or a woman until  I was at least 14 or 15 years old.

My brothers friends were all my friends too and vice versa. We all schooled, discussed education, the world and even politics in the same light.

The older I got the more I realised that women were expected to behave in a certain way, were expected to be kitchen savvy, expected to have certain interests and jobs, expected to express themselves less, expected to be less ambitious and expected to interact less with men unless of age and dating him, and so on and so forth.

These are all man made rules that have divided men and women for centuries.

That said there are more pressing issues that also need to be immediately eradicated in the society in terms of child trafficking, prostitution, porn, and so many other ills inflicted on females in society.

I would like to see young girls grow up in a world where there are equal rights for both men and women, equal job opportunities, equal salaries, equal education rights, equal respect in terms of societal attitudes, no gender based discrimination, no child abuse, no child slavery, no kidnapping of girls, no molestation of girls, no violence towards the weaker sex, an end to female genital mutilation and no forced marriages for girls or women alike.

Please join the movement and help make the world a better and safer place for women all over the world.

Don’t just do the right thing, don’t just stand aside and watch others do the wrong thing.

Michelle Obama had this message to share on the girl child day – http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/girl-child

And Obama tweeted on twitter –

On International , we remain committed to providing what we all want for our daughters: a future of limitless possibility.

One of the trending hashtags for International Day of the Girl Child is #GirlHero. You name your own #GirlHero and say why they inspire you.

And I leave you with an excerpt from the United nations:

The Issue

There are 1.1 billion girls today, a powerful constituency for shaping a sustainable world that’s better for everyone. They are brimming with talent and creativity. But their dreams and potential are often thwarted by discrimination, violence and lack of equal opportunities. There are glaring gaps in data and knowledge about the specific needs and challenges that girls face.

What gets counted, gets done. The theme for this year’s International Day of the Girl Child, on 11 October, “Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: A Global Girl Data Movement”, is a call for action for increased investment in collecting and analyzing girl-focused, girl-relevant and sex-disaggregated data. One year into the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, improving data on girls and addressing the issues that are holding them back is critical for fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals

One such issue that is standing in the way of girls’ progress is child, early and forced  marriage. The data is daunting—one in three girls in developing countries (except China) get married before they turn 18. Girls who are child brides miss out on education, are more vulnerable to physical and sexual violence, and bear children before they are physically or emotionally prepared. The cycle of violence that begins in girlhood, carries over into womanhood and across generations. The 2030 Agenda must address their needs and unlock their potential.

UN Women works around the world to empower women and girls and raise awareness on their rights, advocate for the adoption and implementation of laws and policies that prohibit and prevent child, early and forced marriage, and mobilize communities against the practice.

On the International Day of the Girl Child, we stand with the global community to support girls’ progress everywhere. Let girls be girls.

Child marriage fast facts

Fast Facts on child marriage

  • Globally, one in seven adolescent girls aged 15 – 19 are currently married or in union [1].
  • In developing countries (excluding China), one in every three girls is married before reaching age 18. This means the futures of 47,700 girls are derailed every day [2].
  • Girls who are married early often face a cascade of other human rights abuses. They are more vulnerable to physical and sexual violence. They are often pulled out of school to take on domestic responsibilities. They are less able to advocate for themselves and their rights [3].
  • Child marriage is often followed by pregnancy, even if a girl is not yet physically or mentally ready. Every day, over 20,000 girls under age 18 give birth in developing countries—over 7 million a year [4].
  • Educated girls are more likely to delay marriage and pregnancy. With secondary schooling, girls are up to six times less likely to marry as children compared to girls who have little or no education [5].
  • Across the globe, rates of child marriage are highest in sub-Saharan Africa, where around 4 in 10 girls marry before age 18; about one in eight were married or in union before age 15. This is followed by Latin America and the Caribbean and the Middle East and North Africa, where 24 per cent and 18 per cent, respectively, of women between the ages of 20 and 24 were married in childhood [6] .

Statements and speeches

“Without progress for girls, there can be no real progress”—Executive Director
In a statement for International Day of the Girl Child, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlighted the importance of gender data to improve statistics on priority issues for girls.

Emma Watson in Malawi

Photo: UN Women/Karin Schermbrucker

Emma Watson shines spotlight on need to end child marriage
Ahead of International Day of the Girl Child, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson visited Malawi to shine a global spotlight on the need to end child marriage. She met with traditional chiefs and girls who have returned to school after having marriages annulled.

“Empowerment of and investment in girls are key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence and in promoting and protecting the full and effective enjoyment of their human rights” October 11th is the International Day of the Girl Child: Well said Malala!: An educated girl is a change maker: An educated girl will: 1. Stay healthy 2. Save Money 3. Build a business 4. Empower her community. 5. Lift her country: Change the World!:

Inspirerende uitspraken van beroemde vrouwen.:

 

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