In 2011, the United Nations declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.
Too many girls around the world face challenges that prevent them from reaching their full potential. Statistics show that girls everywhere face higher rates of violence, poverty and discrimination than boys. In many parts of the world, girls do not have access to education or adequate health care.
This day promotes equal treatment and opportunities for girls in areas like law, nutrition, health, education, training, and freedom from violence and abuse. This important day shines a light on the serious barriers faced by girls and helps to showcase the work girls themselves are doing to bring about changes in their communities and around the world.
Tomorrow Rosie the Riveter bandanas will be distributed in the cafeteria at lunch time in recognition of the day.