Celebrate International Day of the Girl
The United Nations declared today, October 11, the International Day of the Girl. Malta's National Council of Women (NCW) welcomed this decision as the day will promote girls' rights, highlight gender inequalities and address the various forms of discrimination and abuse suffered by girls around the globe.
The UN has signalled its commitment to end gender stereotypes, discrimination, violence and economic disparities that disproportionately affect girls.
In many developing countries, girls marry before the age of 15, resulting in having to drop out of school before they have a chance to receive the education they deserve. In the last half century alone, more women and girls have died as a result of gender discrimination than all the men who died in all the battles of the 20th century, according to the NCW.
The NCW believes that women’s empowerment begins with girls’ empowerment. It said that it has always worked to help girls effect the changes necessary to achieve the same rights, freedoms and opportunities to fulfil their dreams.
"Girls around the world need to be visible and given the dignity they deserve, to release all their abilities and potential for the benefit of society," the NCW said.