It’s been 10 years since International Girl Child Day but the world still faces a dilemma about Equality.
The United Nations (UN) International Day of the Girl Child is celebrated on October 11 each year to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. The day also focuses on empowering girls to reach their full potential and highlighting the work being done to break down the barriers they face. The first International Day of the Girl Child was observed on 11 October 2012. Since then, the day has been used as a platform to advocate for increased investment in girls and to break down the barriers they face. In 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child. The day is also known as the Day of the Girl and International Girls’ Day. The International Day of the Girl Child is an opportunity to celebrate girls around the world and to raise awareness of the challenges they face. Girls face many barriers that boys do not, such as child marriage, human trafficking, and gender-based violence. girls also have less access to education, health care, and economic opportunities. They are becoming more independent and are no longer relying on men to provide for them. In education, women are also making significant progress. In the past, women were not afforded the same opportunities as men when it came to education. However, women are now attending college and university in record numbers and are earning degrees in a variety of fields. It has been celebrated now for a decade. But the differences remain. The gap between girls and boys is narrowing, but it has to take huge leaps to help further narrow the gap.
Rights and Future of girls is the theme for 2022. As the theme suggests about rights, this year has been a roller coaster for younger women with respect to fighting for their rights. The younger generation of women has been suffering lately as they struggle against the flow of the world. Their voices have been suppressed and easily countered. For example the Iran hijab protests. In Iran, the government made the wearing of hijab compulsory for women across the nations. This rule is not accepted or obeyed universally. The younger generation of women is pushing back against this rule or the dress code. This rule is understandably not fitting in with them. In recent weeks, there have been a number of protests against the hijab rule, with women taking off their headscarves in public and waving them on sticks. But the oppression against these protests has been extremely brutal. The authorities have taken heavy measures to tackle this issue in Iran. The determination of these young women has been phenomenal and are ready to face any challenges and consequences ahead of them. Some people are even condemning not wearing hijab as “un-Islamic”. Meanwhile, Since Roe v. Wade, abortion has been one of the most controversial issues in the United States. Abortion opponents have protested the procedure through a variety of means, including demonstrations, legal challenges, and violence. Almost 80% of Americans support the right to abortion. Women have been on the streets while men were supporting them. Marches, rallies, and protests were carried out after the decision was announced by the Supreme Court.
This shows that even after a decade of multiple efforts, there are still differences between the two. Women of this generation have been showing more strength. They are not undeterred by the magnitude of the problems they have to face. Women of this generation are developing, becoming more and more independent as each day passes. Making great strides in academics and the working sector. Women are no longer dependent on men. Women have made great strides over the years, but there is still a long way to go. The fight for equality is an ongoing battle that must be fought on many fronts. Women must continue to speak out and demand their rights, only then will we see true equality among men and women.
Investing in girls is essential to achieving gender equality and empowering all girls and women. When girls are empowered, they can help to end poverty, reduce maternal and infant mortality rates, and slow the spread of HIV/AIDS. Empowered girls are also more likely to get married later and have fewer children, which helps to break the cycle of poverty. There are many ways to celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child. Organizations and individuals around the world use the day to host events, launch campaigns, and raise money to support girls. Some events focus on a specific issue, such as child marriage or access to education, while others celebrate the achievements of girls and young women. No matter how you choose to celebrate, the International Day of the Girl Child is a day to recognize the importance of girls and the unique challenges they face.