The world has long been titling towards its male members.
Yes, the preference for male is a reality. It happens in an intriguing way. Both the girls and the boys, for instance, are treated equally as kids. However, with the onset of teenage, girls face discrimination.
Investing care and support in teenage girls could set them on the path of empowerment. That in turn will benefit the entire society.
Empowered girls would grow into strong women, fending for themselves and their families. Think how it is going to improve their earning potential, while serving communities and nations. Making them equal citizens could spur economic growth.
However, life transitions with the onset of puberty increasingly expose girls to violence, harassment and abuse.
The cycle of violence, continuing through every stage of their lives, could send them down the social ladder, leaving lifelong consequences. Not just for themselves, but also future generations.
Deeply entrenched gender discrimination and social norms put adolescent girls at risk of violence, compromising their healthy transition from childhood to adulthood.
Providing girls with education and training of life-skills, social support, and knowledge could help end the cycle of violence before it persists, or even before it begins.
Keeping this mind, UN selected ‘Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence’ as the theme of this year’s International Day of the Girl Child. It is a move towards educating masses about the need of women empowerment.
Since 2012, UN has been observing 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child. The inaugural day in 2012 focused on the issue of ‘Child Marriage’. In 2013 the theme was ‘Innovating for Girls’ Education.’
UNICEF, in consultation with other UN agencies and civil society partners, spearheads the International Day of the Girl Child campaign.
Let us join UNICEF’s campaign on October 11 with a pledge to work for ending all kinds of violence against girls.