“It’s a girl,” can be either the most sad or most glad three words, depending on the circumstances.
On October 11, 2012, the first observance of the Day of the Girl will be celebrated worldwide. 10.11.12 is more than a day—it’s a movement. An ongoing call to educate each other about the importance of girls, to speak out against gender, social, and economic injustices, along with advocating opportunity to pursue one’s dreams.
It’s still not easy being a girl in many places today. The sobering facts include 200 million girls are abandoned or neglected in developing countries just because of gender. Two-thirds of uneducated children are girls, and two-thirds of the world’s adults are female. One out of seven girls are married off before age 15. Negative media images cause over 50% of U.S. tween-age girls to fret over their appearance and weight issues.That’s why it’s so important to call attention to the valuable resource that girls hold for the future of the world. An empowered, educated female can benefit from: improved nutrition and health; lower birth rates; increased presence in creating socially just policies; improved productivity and growth.
After viewing the acclaimed documentary, Half the Sky, last week on PBS, I am passionately encouraged to continue speaking out on behalf of all young women—to reduce the under-representation, discrimination, and violence of my sisters.
a YouTube from the Camfed.org [Campaign for Female Education] sums up nicely the challenge that lies before us, and how it can be addressed. For all females to have access to education is a basic right, not a selective privilege.