The International Day Of The Girl is an observance day declared by the United Nations to support more opportunity for Girls and increases awareness of gender inequality faced by Girls worldwide based upon their gender.
The Day of Girls falls on 11th October and helps raise awareness not only of the issues that Girls face, but also what is likely to happen when those problems are solved. For example, educating Girls helps reduce the rate of child marriage, disease and helps strengthen the economy by helping Girls have access to higher paying jobs.
This year the theme for #IDG2018 is “With Her: A Skilled Girl Force” which recignizes that today’s generation of girls are preparing to enter a world of work that is being transformed by innovation and automation. Educated and skilled workers are in great demand, but roughly a quarter of young people, most of them female are currently neither employed nor in education nor training.
Of the 1 billion young people – including 600 million adolescent girls that will enter the workforce in the next decade, more than 90 per cent of those living in developing countries will work in the informal sector, jobs that are not regulated or protected where low or no pay, abuse and exploitation are common.
The most disadvantaged girls including those in rural areas and those with disabilities have even less access to decent work.
Right now, many girls are not developing the skills they need later to secure decent work. Ten per cent of primary-aged girls are out of school. Many more are not able to progress to secondary school and need support developing basic skills in reading and math.
Transferable skills such as self confidence, problem solving, teamwork and critical thinking are critical to succeed in the rapidly changing world of work, yet many schools do not focus on these “21st century skills,” including STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education.
The world’s 600 million adolescent girls each have the strength, creativity and energy to meet global industry demands. For girls to gain access to the skills they need, they are relying on the global community to join with them.
Information source: Wikipedia and UNICEF
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