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#Internationaldayofthegirl: The Challenges Of The Girl Child

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Being a girl has so far not been an easy task. As we celebrate the international day of the girl, it is of great importance that we acknowledged the challenges of the girl child.

First, The International day of the girl is a UN initiative set up to promote the rights of girls around the world, according to UN, It aims to highlight the realities of life as a girl across the globe and the challenges they face with regards to education, healthcare, child marriage, equal opportunity and s3xual violence.

Do you know that more female foetuses are aborted than male or that even in this 21st century, some people still believe that education is still considered a male preserve? Globally, twice as many girls as boys will never start school.

It doesn’t end there because even after a girl must have struggled to get to school or escape early marriage and eventually get a paid employment the chances are she will earn less for doing the same job as male colleagues.

Just recently,  UNICEF, revealed that girls between the ages of five and 14 spend 40% more time doing unpaid housework and collecting water than boys, a trend that will continue into adulthood.

Thankfully, World leaders have been undeterred in putting an end to discrimination against women and girls as more girls are surviving childhood and are attending school, and there has been a drop in figures for child marriage, according to Girls Not Brides reports.

Spread the word too…Whether you just want to raise awareness or send out a few words of inspiration, make sure you use the hash tag #DayoftheGirl to get your message seen via social media.

In the light of International Day Of The Girl, What was it like being a girl? or what have you seen a neighbour,sister, friend or colleagues go through all because they were girls?  We want to hear about your experiences.

Happy International Day Of The Girl

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