Why is it International Day of the Girl?

by Chrysula on October 11, 2012 in empowering women and girls,social good

It’s International Day of the Girl because 77.6 million girls worldwide are not enrolled in school.

It’s International Day of the Girl because in certain parts of the world, 1 in 7 girls are married before they turn 15.

It’s International Day of the Girl because when a country educates 10% more of its girls, it increases GDP by an average of 3%.

It’s International Day of the Girl because when you educate a girl, she makes healthier choices. An educated girl is 50% more likely to vaccinate her children in the future. She is 3 times less likely to contract HIV.

It’s International Day of the Girl because Malala Yousufzai is in a critical condition after being shot on her way home from school by people who are frightened of girls learning to read and write.

Join me and hundreds of other voices standing up for girls today and every day. We will be tweeting a marathon of support and calls to action for the the world’s girls from 9am ET to 9pm ET today, October 11th. Join us on twitter with #IDG2012 for #DayoftheGirl. I’m co-hosting the 10am hour with Afghan Connection. Deep thanks to 10x10act.org for all they do to impact girls everywhere.

Statistics via 10x10act.org.

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