Theme for the year: My Voice Our Equal Future
Who’s a girl: The girl-child is a biological female offspring from birth to eighteen (18) years of age. The world is home to more than 1.1 billion girls under age 18, who are poised to become the largest generation of female leaders, entrepreneurs and change-makers the world has ever seen.(United Nations)
International Day of the Girl Child is an international observance day declared by the United Nations; it is also called the *Day of Girls and the International Day of the Girl.* October 11, 2012, was the first Day of the Girl Child.
As adolescent girls worldwide assert their power as change-makers, International Day of the Girl 2020 will focus on their demands to:
- Live free from gender-based violence, harmful practices, and HIV and AIDS
- Learnnew skills towards the futures they choose
- Leadas a generation of activists accelerating social change.
- TheInternational Day of the Girl Child focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.
- Adolescentg have the right to a safe, educated, and healthy life, not only during these critical formative years, but also as they mature into women.
- Empowering women and girls and promoting gender equality is crucial to accelerating sustainable development.*
Educating the Girl child
1. An educated girl can increase her income: A girl with an extra year of education can earn 20% more income as an adult (The World Bank, 2011). More income means better nutrition and healthcare for her family. Living conditions improve.
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2. She marries later. An educated girl breaks the cultural pattern of girls marrying as children. Girls with higher levels of education are also less likely to have children at an early age (UNESCO, 2013). Marrying later means she won’t be a child herself when she becomes a mother.
3. An educated mother has fewer children: She has better knowledge about contraception as well as increased opportunities for employment. An educated mother provides better care of her children at home, thus increasing the value of her children’s human capital and reducing the need for more children (IZA World of Labor, 2016).
4. She invests in future generations and her community: An educated woman invests nearly all (90%) of her income into her family and community. Her knowledge influences how she raises her children and impacts her role in the family and the community.
5. She experiences less discrimination:. Girls and young women who are educated have a greater awareness of their rights.
6. She’s safer: Education protects women from abuse. Extremists hate smart girls because smart girls are less likely to be kept down. Girls’ schooling has a protective effect against domestic violence, rape, and child marriage.
If you educate a man, you educate an individual. But if you educate a woman, you educate a nation.
Comr. Ebizie Sandra Ezinne
Director NUNSA National Standing committee on health and social service.