In Africa and the world at large, the Girl child is given overwhelming responsibilities in the household, and not much is given back by the society, politically and otherwise. This affects her growth and survival as she is faced with a lot of challenges such as; social and economic deprivation, abuse, early marriage, gender inequality and female genital mutilation, all of these limits her from fulfilling her potential.
In the past few decades, there has been increased attention on issues that affect the Girl child amongst civil society and non-governmental organizations, governments, and the general public. Despite the progress made, and the increased support in upholding the rights of the Girl child, freedom from discrimination remains partly unfulfilled in many parts of the world.
To recognize the rights of the Girl Child and the unique challenges the Girl Child faces globally, the United Nations Assembly passed resolution 66/170 and declared October 11 as the International Day for the Girl Child. The day focuses on the need to address the challenges of the Girl child and to promote girls’ empowerment and rights.
The theme for the 2022 International Day for the Girl Child is “Our time is now—our rights, our future.” It is time for us to stand with and for the Girl child.