International Day of the Girl Child

 

Since 2011, the 11th of October is dedicated to young girls to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. Even though this film is a wonderful effort to increase awareness I couldn’t help noticing how stereotyped the girls dressed. I know I’m a little bit politically correct here, but a girl doesn’t necessarily have to be someone dressed in pink or a dress. 

Well, perfect should never stand in the way for better. What is important about this day is to acknowledge the truth of our societies and how young girls’ life’s look like.

  • 750 million girls around the world are married before their 18th birthday, 1/3 in the developing world. 
  • 28 million adolescent girls alive have under gone female genital mutilation. Normally cut before the age of five.
  • 100 million women are today missing due to female selective abortion. 
  • 1/4 girls aged 15 to 19 worldwide are victims of physical violence.
  • 1/3 girls aged 13 to 15 experiences bullying on a regular basis. 
  • 120 million girls under age 20 have experienced forced intercourse or other sexual acts. 
  • 44% of girl between 15 and 19 think a husband or partner is justified in hitting or beating his wife or partner

To call woman the weaker sex is a libel; it is man's injustice to woman. If by strength is meant brute strength, then, indeed, is woman less brute than man. If by strength is meant moral power, then woman is immeasurably man's superior. Has she not greater intuition, is she not more self-sacrificing, has she not greater powers of endurance, has she not greater courage? Without her, man could not be. If nonviolence is the law of our being, the future is with woman. Who can make a more effective appeal to the heart than woman? - Mahatma Ghandi

I believe we can end this by 2030. 

It requires fundraising and awareness about gender, violence and relationships. Help and donate to organisation working in vulnerable communities globally. But it’s also each and one of us responsibility to be gender sensitive and role models for young girls were violence, bullying and sexual harassment in all forms are complete unacceptable regardless what. Further, we need to stop encourage girls to be brave, smart and work hard. To be able to say No is good, but maybe effort should be put on learning boys and men to ask first?

Young girls should just be themselves and men should learn to step aside and behave and the balance comes naturally.