International Day of the Girl Child

Oct 2020

UN Women:

“On International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October, amplify the voices and rights of girls everywhere.

The theme for this year, “My voice, our equal future”, reimagines a better world inspired and led by adolescent girls, as part of the global Generation Equality movement.

Girls worldwide are demanding a life free from gender-based violence, access to health, skills, recognition and investment as leaders of social change”.

To read more about International Day of the Girl Child: https://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/girl-child

UNFPA recalls the story of a former child bride and explains that child marriage is still widespread in Afghanistan.

“According to 2017 data, some 35 per cent of Afghan women aged 20 to 24 reported they were married while still children. In a 2015 survey, more than half of all married women surveyed said they had experienced violence by their husband in the past 12 months. Violence by family and in-laws was also common”.

To read the full article: https://afghanistan.unfpa.org/en/news/former-child-bride-afghanistan-finds-hope-and-new-life-during-covid-19

AfD provides education to marginalized girls in Kabul with the “school for street-working children” program. In 2019 a sports training program was set up for the children and girls were able to join an all-girls football team! AfD’s program not only provides a safe space for girls where they can learn literacy and numeracy skills, but it also raises awareness among the community regarding the importance of girls having equal access to education.

To learn more about our program and to support it: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/support-education-for-marginalized-children-kabul-afd/

Photo @Afghanaid 2019

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