Today being the International Day of The Girl Child, I took a moment to recall the faces of all the girls I have taught, who are synonyms of grit. Some are treated as queens and others make a tiara with all their achievements and wear them with pride.
How and Why of International Day of the Girl Child
In 1995 at the World Conference on Women in Beijing countries unanimously adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action – the first progressive blueprint an clarion call for girls’ rights
On December 19, 2011, United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.
Where are we with the Gender equality ?
Girls are breaking boundaries and barriers posed by stereotypes and exclusion, as entrepreneurs, innovators and initiators of global movements
There is discernible progress in the construction of a world that is relevant for them and future generations.
All said and done, the change is slow paced.
Look at some facts.
1) Worldwide, nearly 1 in 4 girls aged 15–19 years is neither employed nor in education or training compared to 1 in 10 boys of the same age. By 2021 around 435 million women and girls will be living on less than $1.90 a day — including 47 million pushed into poverty as a result of COVID-19.
2) 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence. Emerging data shows that since the outbreak of COVID-19, violence against women and girls (VAWG), and particularly domestic violence, has INTENSIFIED.
3)At least 60% of countries still discriminate against daughters’ rights to inherit land and non-land assets in either law or practice.
4) Women make up more than two-thirds of the world’s 796 million illiterate people. According to global statistics, just 39 percent of rural girls attend secondary school. This is far fewer than rural boys (45 percent), urban girls (59 percent) and urban boys (60 percent).
5)A large gender gap remains in women’s access to decision-making and leadership.
6) On average, women around the world spend more than twice as many hours as men doing unpaid work. performed at home, from childcare, cooking and cleaning, to collecting water and gathering firewood in communities without electricity and running water. In India, women spend an average of six hours a day performing unpaid work, while men spend only one.
7) Women across the world currently bear the majority of childcare .
8) Examples on Gender discrimination which is encoded into law in countries across the globe.
- 113 countries do not have laws to ensure equal pay for equal work among men and women
- 104 countries make certain jobs off-limits for women.
- 39 countries have laws that mean a daughter cannot inherit the same proportion of assets as a son.
- 36 countries limit what wives can inherit from their husbands;
- 29 countries restrict the hours women can work;
- 18 countries allow men to prohibit their wives from working;
- 17 countries limit when and how women can travel outside the home.
It is imperative that talk and action on Gender equality should not be constrained to just specially allotted days.
Empowerment begins at home.
The change is perceptible in the atmosphere world-wide. When generation Z takes full charge of the world we currently inhabit, we would see a planet populated by a global community with egalitarian outlook.
Till then we move ahead with the hope that we will live to see that day when all will be treated with equal rights.
Burst the bubbles that traps you in.
Don’t wait for them to crown you.
Instead make your own.
Facts collected from https://www.un.org/en/observances/girl-child-day