‘Rise and lead the world’, celebrate this International Girl Child Day by empowering other women!
Source : NewsBharatiDate : 11-Oct-2017
New Delhi, October 11: A girl is the most priced possession one could have, but many don’t believe the notion quite necessarily. Today, in various parts of world, girls are undermined and not given the equal status on par with men. It’s a global trend, and now is the time to change the stereotypical behavior towards girls. On this International Girl Child Day, take an oath to raise voice against inequality, ill-treatment, sexual abuse, sexism and all those social behaviours that has troubled you.
International Girl Child Day was first observed by United Nations to support more opportunities for girls and increasing awareness of gender inequality. The celebration of the day also "reflects the successful emergence of girls and young women as a distinct cohort in development policy, programming, campaigning and research."
More than 62 million girls around the world have no access to education. Worldwide and collectively, girls ages 5 to 14 spend more than 160 million hours more on household chores than boys of the same age do. Globally, one in four girls are married before age 18. Many girls around the world are vulnerable to acts of sexual violence and the perpetrators often go unpunished. It’s very important in today’s age for a woman to stand herself and support others too. Various events are held today to uplift girls.
In one such event today in New Delhi, 11 ambassadors of different ambassies have arrived to celebrate this day. Envoys of the United States, the European Union (EU), Spain, Sweden, France, Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Slovenia, France, South Africa, and New Zealand will give up their seats for girls from underprivileged background for a day.
This is part of these embassies’ commitment towards promoting gender equality, empowerment of women and girls, and advancement of their human rights. The effort comes at an interesting time, when women across the world, from the US to Europe, and Asia to Africa are challenging gender stereotypes.
On another side of Nepal, the day is celebrated by Plan International in support by Association of Community Radio Broadcasters. Young girls will take lead of the talk programmes at 300 community radios under “Because I am a Girl” initiative in 75 districts. The girls will demand changes against the discrimination and prejudice that holds them back in private and public life. Maybe such an initiative will push the policy makers to take a strict action on the safety of girls in the country.