Yesterday, Sunday 11th of October was the International Day of the Girl Child. An observance day declared by the United Nations to increase awareness of gender inequality faced by girls worldwide based upon their gender. This inequality includes areas such as access to education.
Did you know?
- Worldwide, nearly 1 in 4 girls aged 15–19 years is neither employed nor in education or training compared to 1 in 10 boys of the same age. By 2021 around 435 million women and girls will be living on less than $1.90 a day — including 47 million pushed into poverty as a result of COVID-19.
-Girls ages 5 to 14 spend more than 160 million hours more on household chores than boys of the same age do.
- At least 60% of countries still discriminate against daughters’ rights to inherit land and non-land assets in either law or practice.
Gender equality is a today global issue. Moreover, it has been shown that empowering women spurs productivity and economic growth.
Sources: UN, Unicef
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