Day of Girl in Kenya. Photo credit: CSA Kenya

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International Day of the Girl

Ogopoleng Mushi


The United Nations (UN), in 2012 set a day aside to look into the depth of girl challenges. As a result, the International Day of the Girl was established.


It is on October 11th that the whole world is focusing completely on girls from all over the globe in order to empower the 1.1 billion girls currently living in the world. Humanitarian organisations, Non-profits and the government alike, from Africa to the States, to Europe and all other continents, have their focus is on girls.



According to the UN mission statement: “The International Day of the Girl Child focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights,”



It is very evident that girls face very immense challenges on a daily. Things like these can easily be ignored since they come naturally, like growing breasts or getting your period. We do however forget that the very things that come naturally need money; a girl needs to wear a bra in order to keep her breasts nicely presentable to have enough confidence to walk out of the house. A girl equally needs sanitary pads to keep her flow in for the duration of her period. It is these seemingly little things that make it hard for a girl to perform even the smallest of tasks required of them.


Here’s what’s happening all over the world:





You can also make a difference if you start now. Be the very change you want to see. Happy International Day of the Girl!

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