international day of the girl child
Girl Guides in Rwanda. (Photo: Hervé Irankunda/WAGGGS) Girls deserve to go to school. It's a basic human right. Yet, according
Often we speak of 'children' with no one child in mind. Statistics reduce them to no more than data to be used in policymaking, academic discussion or press statements. But, of course, every child has a unique experience, and while 'big data' is important for understanding trends and patterns, we mustn't forget the need to take the time to understand children's lives in more depth.
A 13-year-old is India's chief of police.
Supporting this future generation of leaders, and ensuring that their voices are heard - in communities, in national capitals, and on the world stage - will be critical to the goal of ending child marriage, and transforming the lives of millions of children.
Today, on International Day of the Girl Child, I want to call for everyone - whether they are policy makers, non-profit leaders or everyday citizens looking to make a difference in the world - to listen to the real experts in girls' education.
My personal experience has proven to me that fathers or male guardians and mentors have a fundamental role to play in securing that seat at the big boys' table for their daughters. If I can sit in endless meetings being the only woman in the senior management - I owe it to my father.
This Sunday, 11 October, is the International Day of the Girl Child. It is a day of celebration: of daughters, of universal human dignity, and of the great privilege it is to be a parent to a daughter - just as it is to a son.
Girlguiding is calling on MPs to listen to girls' voices ahead of the 2015 general election, with eight specific calls for
Today bright young girls are still fighting for basic rights, for education in the case of Malala. Words cannot begin to express her bravery in the face of inequality. But tragically even for those educated in the West there is still suffering and unhappiness.
Today, on the International Day of the Girl Child, I will speak to my 13 year old daughter and I will tell her about your amazing story. I will tell her how your actions, your blog and your use of social media brought the plight of you and your sisters to the world.