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Why We Celebrate ‘International Day of the Girl Child’

Ayushi Raina
Ayushi Raina
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The World Conference on Women is credited for inventing International Day of the Girl Child. At a conference in Beijing in 1995, it was determined that a day dedicated to the growth of girls all over the globe was a must.

As a consequence, countries unanimously adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. This made the declaration the first of its kind, since it separated the girl child from the umbrella of women and recognised their specific needs. The day, which is observed on October 11, focuses on the rights, safety, and education of girls. The main goal is to make girls an active part in the world's progression.

A theme is chosen as part of the celebration to emphasize the need of the hour. The theme for this year is "Digital generation Our generation," referring to the developing digital world and how a digital gap might exacerbate the gender difference.

Year after year, recurring themes that are worked on include access to education, healthcare services, skill-based learning facilities, equal opportunities, and protections against gender-based violence and discrimination.

The focus of this year's theme, "Digital generation Our generation," is on bridging the digital gap. Even in the post-COVID-19 world, where businesses, education, and even parts of healthcare services have moved online, "2.2 billion people below the age of 25 still do not have Internet access at home," according to the United Nations.

The report further noted that girls are more likely to be disconnected, indicating a gender gap within the digital divide. It was also stated that girls are less likely to "use and own devices" than boys. This, in turn, has an impact on their involvement in "tech-related skills and occupations."

Nations must pledge to assist young girls in becoming empowered women with access to appropriate healthcare, skill-based learning facilities, and equal opportunities in a world free of gender-based violence and discrimination.

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