“I want every girl to know that her voice can change the world.”Malala Yousafzai, Activist
On October 11th, 2019, the world celebrated the “International Day of the Girl Child.” This day has been internationally recognized since 2012, and according to the UN, it “aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.”
The theme of this year’s celebration was, “Girlforce: Unscripted and Unstoppable,” as a marker of the twenty-five years of progress that have been made since “the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the passage of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.” The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action is “the most comprehensive policy agenda for the empowerment of women.” It is enlightening to recognize that this declaration was formed only twenty-five years ago. The shocking recency of this event shows that there is still progress to be made within the area of equality for girls.
After all, the UN’s reasoning behind acknowledging dates like the Day of the Girl Child as a form of advocacy is, “to educate the public on issues of concern, mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity.” Hopefully, some day it will feel like every day is a celebration of girls and an acknowledgement of their power and value to society.
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