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Friday, 18 September 2015 11:25

2015 International Day of the Girl Child

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Asia Pacific UN Women photoInternational Day of the Girl Child is marked on 11 October every year to recognise girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.

A Parish Bulletin Notice from the Australian Bishops' National Office for the Participation of Women (OPW) emphasises the significance of this event that promotes girls' human rights, highlights gender inequalities that remain between girls and boys and addresses the various forms of discrimination and abuse suffered by girls around the world.

• Over 60 million girls worldwide are forced into marriage before the age of 18
• 125 million girls and women worldwide have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C)
• 1.2 million children are being trafficked each year – many of these children are girls forced into sex trafficking
• Pregnancy is the leading cause of death worldwide for women aged 15 to 19
• Literacy rates for girls in many countries remain low – just 12% of Afghan women aged 15 and over are literate

Suggested Petition for the General Intercessions:

International Day of the Girl Child – 11 October 2015 (with Sunday of the Year)

For girl children in the world, especially those subjected to discrimination and abuse; that their human dignity and equality be recognised, protected and valued by people everywhere as we acknowledge the International Day of the Girl Child.

Let us pray to the Lord.

Click here for more prayer and reflection resources from the Office for the Participation of Women (OPW).

For more inquiries, please contact Donella C. Johnston, Director of the National Office for the Participation of Women through Tel: +61 2 6201 9867 | Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

More Resources:

Photo from the 2014 Annual Report of the UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific entitled, "Looking to a Brighter Future: Progress for Women and Girls in Asia and the Pacific in 2014".

Get the Mary Ward International Australia (MWIA) education toolkit for teachers and students exploring the importance of girls' rights to education and equality.

Get more resources at "Because I Am a Girl", Plan Canada's initiative to end gender inequality, promote girls' rights and lift girls out of poverty.

Get more resources at "Day of the Girl" from the US School Girls Unite, an organisation of students and young women leaders advancing the UN Millenium Development Goals. 

Join the Day of the Girl Summit and the 11 Days of Action.