The Day of the Girl is about highlighting, celebrating, discussing, and advancing girls lives and opportunities across the globe. When girls come together to talk about issues that really matter to us, we can teach other people—grownups, boys, girls all across the world—a new way of thinking about issues like gender stereotypes, discrimination, and opportunity.
The United Nations General Assembly has adopted October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child. We want President Obama to issue a proclamation for the national Day of the Girl in the U.S., where gender inequality and discrimination continue to be pervasive and widespread.
This campaign is a project of School Girls Unite, an organization of students and young women leaders working to advance the U.N. Millennium Development Goals related to gender equality and universal basic education, as well as child marriage prevention and other human rights issues.
The United States is ranked 19th by the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap report, the first time we've made it to the top 20. We rank behind countries like Lesotho, the Phillipines, and South Africa.
Even the top-ranked countries like Iceland have only about 85 percent gender equality.The study shows that low gender gaps are directly correlated with high economic competitiveness. Women and girls must be treated equally if a country is to grow and prosper.
The outlook for girls across the world is even worse. The lowest-ranked countries include Egypt, Turkey, Morocco, Benin, Saudi Arabia, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Pakistan, Chad, and Yemen. These are some statistics describing the problems girls face around the globe:
Girls deserve better.
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