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Ever Wondered Why International Day Of The Girl Child Is Celebrated? 

International day of the girl child is observed on October 11 every year. This girl child day is observed in order to address various issues related to girls such as gender inequality, domestic violence, child marriage, illiteracy, legal rights, nutrition and health. Let's check out why the United Nations decided to observe International girl child day every year.   

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Ever Wondered Why International Day Of The Girl Child Is
Celebrated? 

Ever Wondered Why International Day Of The Girl Child Is Celebrated? 

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The initiative for International Day of the Girl Child began as a project of Plan International in 2011. 

The initiative for International Day of the Girl Child began as a project of Plan International in 2011. 

'Because I Am A Girl' campaign of NGO Plan International raised awareness of empowerment of girls in underdeveloped and developing countries. 

The initiative was taken to address the everyday problems faced by girls around the world.

The initiative was taken to address the everyday problems faced by girls around the world.

At the 55th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, Canadian minister Rona Ambrose proposed the resolution of International day of the girl child. 

The first International girl child day was observed on October 11, 2012. 

The first International girl child day was observed on October 11, 2012. 

Since then, the day is celebrated every year with different themes for the empowerment of girl children around the world. International day of the girl child theme for 2016 is Girls' Progress = Goals' Progress: What Counts for Girls. 

The theme demands for collection and analysis of girls' data around the world.

The theme demands for collection and analysis of girls' data around the world.

The focus of the day is to work on the data and address their issues in order to accomplish the sustainable development goals of the girls. 

2015 data suggests that the issues such as primary school education, key vaccinations, health and nutrition problems have been worked upon in many nations. 

2015 data suggests that the issues such as primary school
education, key vaccinations, health and nutrition problems have been worked
upon in many nations. 

However, there are many challenges faced by the girls even today such as child marriages, unwanted pregnancy, poor reproductive health, sexually transmitted disease, gender-based violence and lack of higher education. 

Recent estimates suggest that one in three girls in developing countries get married before the age of 18 years. 

Recent estimates suggest that one in three girls in developing countries get married before the age of 18 years. 

Such girls miss out on education and become victims of domestic violence or sexual abuse. This cycle of violence continues from girlhood to womanhood. Thus, necessary actions must be taken to prevent mistreatment of girls. 

You can also step forward to help the girl children in your nation.

You can also step forward to help the girl children in your
nation.

There are many projects that work for girls' empowerment through education. You can provide your valuable assistance by donating in any of the projects. 

There are many NGOs inhabited by poor and homeless kids. 

There are many NGOs inhabited by poor and homeless kids. 

You can take out time from your busy schedule to teach the kids during free time. You can also write a blog and raise funds for education of girl children. 

There are many horrible rituals practiced in African nations such as female genital mutilation.

There are many horrible rituals practiced in African nations
such as female genital mutilation.

According to the Demographic Health Survey of Kenya, female genital mutilation among 15-49 year olds declined from 37.6 per cent in 1998 to 27.1 percent in 2008-2009. Still, a lot of awareness is needed in rural areas to prevent this horrible practice completely. 

Let's everyone contribute in condemning and preventing the evil rituals practiced on girls in our nations. 

Let's everyone contribute in condemning and preventing the evil rituals practiced on girls in our nations. 

An empowered girl can not only change the outlook of family or community but she can also change the world. Happy International Girl Child Day! Let's bring the change.

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