Statement by the Prime Minister on International Day of the Girl

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Various events are held across the world to promote the day and social media uses hashtag #dayofthegirl to track events and promote everything that has been happening during the Day of the Girl Child.

Approximately 70 million young women today were married before age 18, according to the United Nations, which notes that child marriage denies a girl her childhood, disrupts her education, limits her opportunities, increases her risk of being a victim of violence and abuse, and jeopardizes her health.

The IDG is now in its sixth year, and this year it focuses on the theme "EmPOWER girls: Before, during and after conflict", as there are still millions of young girls living in conflict zones, which have an increased risk of gender-based violence.

Girls worldwide deserve better: better education, better survival rates, better protection from child marriage and sexual assault, better access to resources, better health outcomes and a better future. But unlike many much more lighthearted global days (croissant day, library lovers' day, be a millionaire day.) this day has the fulfilment of young girls' human rights at its forefront.

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Several grim reminders why we still need International Day Of The Girl - and why that good work needs to continue 365 days of the year. The campaign was to educate people about the importance of nurturing girl child across the world, especially in the developing countries. "Even as the government schemes are in place, the basic mindset of the society towards girls has not changed much yet", said Komal Ganotra, Director, Policy & Advocacy, CRY.In terms of drop-out rate, the report states "only 1 in 2 girls in the country complete school education". Events like concerts, girl's football matches and distribution of clothes are organized on this day.

When we invest in girls' health, safety, education and rights - in times of peace and crisis - we empower them to reach their dreams and build better lives for themselves and their communities. This leads to discontinued education and unwanted pregnancy.

The International Day of the Girl Child was first commemorated on October 11, 2012!

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