International Day of the Girl Child
Around 1.1 billion girls make up a global generation ready to take on the future that awaits them. Every day, girls strive to break borders and stereotypes and fight against exclusion and discrimination that, due to gender, has been imposed on them since birth. According to data from the United Nations, in recent years the number of girls enrolled and completing school has increased exponentially, as well as the number of girls who are vaccinated. Furthermore, child marriages and pregnancies at premature ages have decreased. Thus, many more girls in the world can be trained and acquire the skills they will need to excel in their professional future. In fact, a few years ago, no one would have said that a sixteen-year-old girl would be the leader of the borderless climate revolution for a sustainable future.
Girls play a variety of roles in the household, the society and the economy. Their progress is not only good for them, but for their families, their communities and whole nations. Girls have always changed the world, and this generation can do even better. However, only two thirds of developing countries have achieved gender equality in primary education. In addition, many girls still suffer horrible practices such as ablation and in some countries arranged marriages at a very young age are still. Female children are married to someone they have not chosen, or they are discriminated against in favour of a male child. There is still a long way to go to achieve equality between men and women. That is why, in 2012, the UN declared October 11 the International Day of the Girl Child in order to highlight and address the needs and challenges that girls face, while promoting their empowerment and the fulfillment of human rights.
With the goal of achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls, non-profit organizations and thousands of volunteers work daily for a future where both genders have equal opportunities. Through women’s empowerment projects and programs to reinforce education in places where girls cannot access formal education or to reinforce inclusion in sports activities, they are helping to create a social awareness for equality and they are advocating for human rights. Thanks to volunteering, more and more women are leading global movements on issues ranging from sexual and reproductive health rights to equal pay. These movements, organized by and for girls and adolescents show that girls are unstoppable.
At Volunteering Experiences we believe in the importance of equal opportunities for men and women and we defend that these values must be educated from childhood, so that new generations of girls never experience exclusion. That is why we have women empowerment programs, as well as work and teaching programs with children to train the society of the future and create a better and fairer world.