The United Nations has declared October 11th as “International Day of the Girl” NCW Malta welcomes this decision as this day will promote girls rights, highlight gender inequalities and address the various forms of discrimination and abuse suffered by girls around the globe.
The UN has signalled its commitment to end gender stereotypes, discrimination, violence and economic disparities that disproportionately affect girls.
In many developing countries, girls marry before the age fifteen resulting in having to drop out of school before they have a chance to receive the education they deserve. In the last half century alone, more women and girls have died as a result of gender discrimination than all the men who died in all the battles of the 20th century.
NCW Malta believes that women’s empowerment begins with girls’ empowerment. It has always worked to help girls effect the changes necessary to achieve the same rights, the same freedoms and the same opportunities to fulfill their dreams.
Girls around the world need to be visible and given the dignity they deserve, to release all their abilities and potential for the benefit of society. .
Mary Gaerty, President. National Council of Women