There are 1.1 billion girls today, a powerful constituency for shaping a sustainable world that’s better for everyone. They are brimming with talent and creativity. But their dreams and potential are often thwarted by discrimination, violence and lack of equal opportunities. There are glaring gaps in data and knowledge about the specific needs and challenges that girls face.
Its October 11th again, the International day of the girl child.
A day set aside to celebrate the girl child and most importantly, look for a way to bridge the gap between the girl child and the boy child in terms of access to education and other opportunities.
This year there is a call to action for increased investment in girl-focused, girl-relevant activities that addresses issues that prevent and prohibit the girl child from achieving her potential.
All thanks to Facebook, the day got a huge boost as a lot of people showed their support for the girl-child with pictures. Some pictures of themselves, some children and some of family and friends.
However, how do these pictures translate to improving the plight of the girl-child who does not even have the chance to finish the basic primary education. How does our solidarity in pictures support the girl child who has been able to finish primary school but has no hope of going to secondary school? How do we help that girl who is forced into marriage to support her family? how do we treat that girl next door to us? how do we treat that girl that has been brought from our villages to help in the house?
That girl today will tomorrow grow into what we bring them up to be today. There are no limits to the girl child because she is a girl. The girl child today may tomorrow be our friends, sisters, mothers, colleagues, wives, in-laws.
It is time we move from the comforts of our Facebook walls. The day has come and gone, but the reality lives with us. For we all were at one time, children!
Let us celebrate the #dayofthegirl# in our everyday lives because the girl child is first and foremost human then a girl!