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The International day of the girl child - 10 Commandments for the Girl child

Today is the International day of the girl child and we are going to be talking about key issues affecting the girl child. Endeavour to read this LINK for tips on how to talk to your teens about sex

International Day of the Girl Child was first celebrated on October 11, 2012. Since then, International Day of the Girl Child is celebrated on October 11 annually. The day signifies equal opportunity for girls and promotes awareness about gender equality. It also focuses on the issues faced by girls worldwide because of their gender.

My 10 Commandments for the Girl child is

1 Encourage assertiveness.

2. Be specific in your compliments.

3. Make your praise match reality.

4. Help her understand why she sometimes gets left out.

5. Encourage competence.

6. Encourage her to play sports if she wants to.

7. Don't make assumptions about her strengths and weaknesses.

8. Encourage a healthy body image.

9. Prepare her for sexism.

10. Point out positive female role models.

The major problems faced by girls are education, nutrition, legal rights, medical care, and protection from discrimination, violence against women and forced child marriage. These issues reflect the inequality that they face in the society.

Empowering the girl child and contributing towards their growth is the aim of International Day of the Girl Child. The 9th International Day of the Girl Child will be celebrated with the theme “Digital generation, Our generation.”

According to the UN data "the global internet user gender gap is growing, from 11 per cent in 2013 to 17 per cent in 2019, and widest in the world’s least developed countries at 43 per cent."

Globally, the percentage of females among Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) graduates is below 15 per cent in over two-thirds of countries, which is a serious point that needs to be looked in to. The theme promotes equal opportunity for girls in accessing technologies.

Through observing this day, an attempt is made to talk about and eradicate the issues concerning adolescent girl children. Throughout the world, girls face gender-based challenges such as child marriage, discrimination, violence, and poor learning opportunities. International Day of the Girl Child 2021 will observe the theme of ‘Digital Generation. Our Generation.’

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