The Day of the Girl is upon us: October 11 is a representation of the movement to improve the lives of girls all around the world. This movement is a worldwide, youth-led revolution created by the United Nations in 2011 with the intention of promoting and protecting basic human rights that every young woman deserves.
The mission of the Day of the Girl 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.” As we celebrate this important day, we bring to light the educational hardships in the developing countries we serve.
There is undeniable proof that societies that fairly pursue female education are more developed agriculturally, in labor markets, overall productivity and GDP growth. Edna Ogwani, Stop Hunger Now Chief Impact Officer, said women play a critical and potentially transformative role in agricultural growth and food security in developing countries. Strong connections exist between the empowerment of women and food security. When women are empowered to reach their full potential, their entire communities benefit.
The world’s 1.1 billion girls are being supported by the United Nations with the theme “Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: What Counts for Girls”. The Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations highlight the disadvantages girls face and identify the necessary progressions to facilitate toward solutions to these problems. By empowering young girls to reach their dreams, they’ll be able to build better lives for themselves and their communities.
On the Day of the Girl 2016, let’s do our part to share the indisputable message that women need education, connections, leverage, and technologies because one voice can trigger a network of global conversation. When you educate a girl, you educate a nation.
To find out more about Day of the Girl,
please visit the Day of the Girl United States Organization page.