International Day of the Girl Child
Today, USAID joins the global community to commemorate the first International Day of the Girl Child. In December 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring October 11th as the International Day of the Girl Child to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges they face. Girls represent a tremendous untapped resource in the developing world. An adolescent girl stands at the doorway of adulthood. If she stays in school, remains healthy, and gains real world skills, she will marry later, have fewer but healthier children, and earn an income she will invest back into her family – breaking the cycle of poverty. To help girls and ultimately their countries move toward a future that promises hope and opportunity, investments in their lives and health must be made from an early age.