Today marks the first annual International Day of the Girl. As part of a resolution adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2011, October 11 is now a day established to “help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” The worldwide campaign began as the brainchild of Canadian girls who inspired School Girls Unite, a Washington D.C.-based organization of young female leaders advocating for girls’ rights everywhere.
The focus of the first Day of the Girl is education, and importantly so. Take note, only 30% of girls are enrolled in secondary school worldwide.
Here’s a video to remind us what that really means:
SOURCE: Girl Effect