On Wednesday, October 11, the whole world will commemorate the International Day of the Girl Child. That date came to be because, on December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child. The aim is to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.
According to the United Nations website, “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.”
One of YEDI’s programmes is Skillz Girl. It is an evidence-based intervention for girls aged 13-19, educating them on HIV prevention, sexuality and life skills and empowering them with basic information to make healthy choices about their sexual and reproductive health using the game of soccer and other physical activities which help them to build interpersonal relationships, encourage positive self-image, and develop negotiation and leadership skills.
“Adolescent girls have the right to a safe, educated, and healthy life, not only during these critical formative years but also as they mature into women. If effectively supported during the adolescent years, girls have the potential to change the world – both as the empowered girls of today and as tomorrow’s workers, mothers, entrepreneurs, mentors, household heads, and political leaders. An investment in realizing the power of adolescent girls upholds their rights today and promises a more equitable and prosperous future, one in which half of humanity is an equal partner in solving the problems of climate change, political conflict, economic growth, disease prevention, and global sustainability,” according to http://www.un.org. More information is available here.