International Day of the Girl Child

On Thursday, October 11th, 2018 the school held an event to celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child. This day focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.  Girls everywhere are touched by a range of issues which may affect them differently depending upon where they live and the students were given an open floor to discuss how this made them feel and share their opinions.

One of our grade 11 students read the following information from the United Nations website:

“On December 19, 2011, United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. The International Day of the Girl Child focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.

Adolescent girls have the right to a safe, educated, and healthy life, not only during these critical formative years but also as they mature into women. If effectively supported during the adolescent years, girls have the potential to change the world – both as the empowered girls of today and as for tomorrow’s workers, mothers, entrepreneurs, mentors, household heads, and political leaders. An investment in realizing the power of adolescent girls upholds their rights today and promises a more equitable and prosperous future, one in which half of humanity is an equal partner in solving the problems of climate change, political conflict, economic growth, disease prevention, and global sustainability.

Over the last 15 years, the global community has made significant progress in improving the lives of girls during early childhood. In 2015, girls in the first decade of life are more likely to enrol in primary school, receive key vaccinations, and are less likely to suffer from health and nutrition problems than were previous generations. However, there has been insufficient investment in addressing the challenges girls face when they enter the second decade of their lives. This includes obtaining quality secondary and higher education, avoiding child marriage, receiving information and services related to puberty and reproductive health, and protecting themselves against unwanted pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease and gender-based violence.”

This year’s theme at the UN was “Girls in the Workforce”. We were fortunate to have 11 women give their time and form a panel where they shared their stories of challenges and successes in their professional lives. The students heard many stories from women in various fields of work and different countries. They also had group discussions around gender equality, human rights, access to education, child marriage, poverty, and more. One very important discussion was the important role that boys have in helping stand up for the rights of girls. The students, staff and panellists all left with something from this event!”

Regards,

Hanieh Langroodi
E1 Science | Math | Entrepreneurship
The Element