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Rona Ambrose

Government Gave Us International Girl Child Day

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Last December, thanks to determined Canadian leadership, the United Nations General Assembly designated October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child. In creating a day to celebrate and acknowledge girls, the UN is putting its weight and influence behind global efforts to raise awareness of girls' rights and shine a spotlight on areas where those rights are routinely violated. The message is simple: "girls rights are human rights"; the sooner in life girls know their rights, the greater the chance they will be able to exercise them.

The statistics are grim, leaving little room for doubt on why an international day to focus on girls' issues is significant and necessary. Girls are three times more likely to be malnourished than boys, because in many parts of the world where food is scarce, girls eat last. Of the world's 130 million out-of-school youth, 70 per cent are girls. Sex selection feticide denies mill. ons of girls the right to be born merely because they are girls.

 

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by Rona Ambrose and Rosemary McCarney

 

Source: huffingtonpost.ca


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