Empower A Girl!!
On the International day of the girl child (11 October, 2016), we call on you and all to EMPOWER A GIRL today. We also call on government to do more to empower the girl child in Ghana in line with the country’s constitutional and international obligations.
Observance of the day begun since 11 October 2012, when the UN established the day to promote equal opportunity for the girl child and to raise awareness about inequalities faced by girls globally due to their gender.
The theme for this year’s International Day of the Girl is “Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: What Counts for Girls”, in line with Sustainable Development Goal on gender equality.
By girl child, we mean a female below 18 years of age. And, according to the UN there are currently a total of 1.1 billion girls worldwide; many of whose situation needs so much to be desired or accepted.
Girls are young and vulnerable. They need protection and investment of time, money and love. So, “when we invest in girls’ health, safety, education and rights… we empower them to reach for their dreams and build better lives for themselves and their communities.”
In Ghana today, so much more still needs to be done to save girls from the burden of:
- Child marriage
- Child labour
- Child trafficking
- Domestic violence
- Dropping out of school due to poverty
- And Low Self Esteem
Stand Ghana believes that no girl in Ghana deserves to be on the street selling or carrying other people’s loads in the market, or doing adult jobs, or getting married or enslaved in shrines when they should rather be obtaining quality education. Girls are supposed to be in school preparing for their future! Girls’ Progress = Society’s Progress!!