The observance of the international day of the girl child started after Plan International’s campaign ‘Because I am a girl’. The campaign was designed to raise awareness on the importance of nurturing girls, especially in the developing countries. Global observance of the day started from 11th October, 2012 and has continued since. The observation of the day supports opportunities for girls and increases awareness on gender inequality. This inequality which is manifested through access to education, nutrition, legal rights, medical care, violence and unfree child marriages. According to the 2014 MDG Report in 2012, 781 million adults and 126 million youth worldwide lacked basic reading and writing skills, with women accounting for more than 60 per cent of both populations. Although, there has been significant improvement towards education for girls, still many, especially in the developing countries are deprived of this basic right.
This year, the theme is “Empowering adolescent girls: Ending the cycle of violence”. UN Women Executive Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will speak at an event at UNICEF House co-sponsored by UNICEF, UN Women, UNFPA and Plan International. In India, the Australian envoy for women will visit to announce support towards projects improving girl’s access to education and provide support to trafficked women and girls. Girl’s education is a powerful tool for transforming the society and improves quality of living on the whole. Innovative Financial Advisors Pvt. Ltd. believes that in the post 2015 development agenda of eradication of poverty, empowerment of adolescent girls cannot be ignored. Innovative Financial Advisors Pvt. Ltd. maintains that girls are most powerful force for change on the planet. They also believe that changes in gender norms are crucial to end violence against girls across the world. There is also a need to improve the cognitive and non-cognitive skills of adolescent girls.
Innovative Financial Advisors Pvt. Ltd. believes that the post-2015 development agenda should include these following goals:
- Education – Girls reach adulthood with relevant skills and knowledge to participate in economic, social and cultural life.
- Health – Girls have access to appropriate health services and possess the confidence to make healthy transitions to adulthood.
- Safety – Girls are free from violence and exploitation and are supported by enforced laws, child protection systems and their communities.
- Economic Security – Girls can build and protect their economic assets and earn a safe income. Governments, communities and the private sector uphold girls’ economic rights.
- Citizenship – Girls have equal access to services, opportunities, legal rights and personal freedom, and are able to fully participate as citizens of their communities.
All these goals should be brought down to achievable targets to be achieved by 2030. Bringing in governments from all nations together at an organized platform will be important to accomplish the targets across the globe. Consultations with global business leaders are also crucial for opening up jobs and creation of opportunities for socio-economic development of girls. With continued efforts and reforms, violence against women can end, and society hence the society as a whole must respond to this call.
Let’s together make this planet a heaven for girls…
“It doesn’t matter who you are, or where you came from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always.” ~Oprah Winfrey
By Rahul Choudhury
Innovative Financial Advisors Pvt. Ltd.