International Day of the Girl Child is celebrated each year on October 11. On December 19, 2011, United Nations General Assembly declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child to recognize girls’ rights and to promote girls' empowerment and to address the unique challenges girls face around the world.
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.
Every year on 11 October, the International Day of the Girl, UNICEF launches an annual campaign with girls to amplify their voices and stand up for their rights.
The theme of campaign 2021 is “Digital generation. Our generation”.
The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a speedily increase in digital platforms for learning, earning, and connecting. There are still 2.2 billion people below the age of 25 years who lack access to the internet at home. Girls are affected most with an increase in the gender gap of 11% in 2013 to 17% in 2019 in access of internet along with owning digital devices and technical jobs.
This gap can be filled by addressing the inequity by bringing the digital revolution for all, with all.
Today, girls are also part of a digital generation. Together, we can address the difficulties they face in the digital space and ensure that every girl lives their full potential.
Beti Bacho, Beti Padho an initiative of Government of India aims to generate awareness to prevent gender biased sex selective elimination, to ensure survival and protection of the girl child and to ensure education and participation of the girl.
“The happiness of a nation lies in the dignity of its daughters.”