“The newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals rightly include key targets for gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. They offer an opportunity for a global commitment to breaking intergenerational transmission of poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination – and realizing our vision of a life of dignity for all.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Every year,11th October, is observed as the International Day of the Girl Child. In 2012, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution for declaring the date as the International Day of the Girl Child, which highlights the concerns on the girl’s rights and the unique challenges faced by them across the globe. The day is celebrated every year to raise awareness about the burning issues related to girl child such as right to equality, access to education, medical facilities, nutrition, and legal rights, women empowerment, violence against women, child marriage and protection from discrimination.
In 2016 the celebrations will be centric around the theme Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: What Counts for Girls.
It is estimated that around 1.1 billion girls, integral part of the upcoming vibrant generation is ready to weave their glorious future. To ensure the world receives them well, gender equality is one of the ambitious goals of Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs). The goal highlights about the gender biasing and disadvantages faced by girls on daily basis across the world. In some countries like India, high disparity in sex ratio is observed in many states. Hence, the SDGs focus on researching and analyzing the data and use them to formulate new policies and programs focused towards the growth and development of girl child as well as find solutions towards the most pressing issues like gild child trafficking, abuse and marriage etc.
A famous adage says, “When you educate a girl, you educate the nation”. Hence, Fiinovation applauds the ambitious SDGs which recognizes the fact that a girl’s progression is not only good for the great future of girls but will also act as progression for families, communities and society at large. The day also takes the opportunity to spread awareness that how lack of sensitivity from society, absence of effective monitoring system, lack of systematic analysis limits our ability to monitor and communicate the upliftment and progression of nearly half of humanity, girls.
Hence, on this International Day of the Girl Child Fiinovation appeals the nation to promote gender equality ensuring women receive equal treatment in all walks of life.