International Day of the Girl
Date posted: October 11, 2016
Today is International Day of the Girl Child and the theme this year is Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: What Counts for Girls.
The theme recognizes that progress towards gender equality is good not only for girls, but is also good for families, communities and society. At the same time, it highlights the need to collect and analyze good girl-focused, girl-relevant and sex-disaggregated data to guide policy and programs and monitor progress.
While progress has been made for girls in the first decade of their lives, during the second decade girls continue to face challenges with obtaining quality secondary and higher education, avoiding child marriage, receiving information and services related to puberty and reproductive health, and gender-based violence.
Here is part of the Secretary-General’s Message for 2016:
Investing in girls is both the right thing to do, and the smart thing to do. It has a powerful ripple effect across all areas of development, and reaches forward to future generations.
But what cannot be measured cannot be managed. If we do not gather the data we need, we will never know if we are delivering on our promises.
We need to make sure that our initiatives are reaching all girls: girls in extreme poverty; girls in isolated rural areas; girls living with disabilities; girls in indigenous communities; girls who are refugees or displaced within their own countries.
Timely, high-quality data is vital so that we know where we are meeting our promises, and where we are falling behind.
Let us all work hard to make sure we count all girls, because all girls count.