international day of the girl child

Kidan from Ethiopia was eagerly awaiting the day when she would be able to complete her education and fulfil her lifelong dream of becoming a doctor. But she was instead promised in marriage in exchange for cattle...
Females make up half of the world's population and yet simply aren't able to live free lives that are equal in rights and responsibilities to men's lives. Women aren't paid as much as men. Women don't have complete control over their own bodies. Women don't have as much access to education...
Education is something that most of us in the UK take for granted. We go to nursery as toddlers, move through primary and secondary education before deciding whether college and university are for us. Most of us even grumble about it, complaining about homework, early mornings, the lack of free time. But if we didn't have this opportunity, our lives would be completely different.
A little over a year ago I highlighted the work of PAWA, the Pan Asian Women's Association, which focuses on global development and girls' and women's empowerment across multiple territories. By raising and carefully apportioning funds for credible, manageable-scale local charities, PAWA's work covers 30 countries from Iran to Japan, Indonesia to Kazakhstan.
On a recent trip to Liberia in West Africa I was shocked to learn that more than 30% of girls aged 15-19 are either married or pregnant, half of these married before their 15th birthday.
So what can we do on this one day of the year set aside to consider the plight of females? Well, the simplest thing is that we can talk. We can start discussions. How are girls and women depicted in literature and on TV and in other media?