With Her: A Skilled Girl Force
Celebrated each year on 11th October the International Day of the Girl Child aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights. The theme for this day in 2018 is With Her: A Skilled Girl Force. When young girls are educated and empowered to take their rightful place in society they are less likely to experience a life of poverty and vulnerability to being trafficked. In his 2018 message for the International Day of the Girl Child UN Secretary-General, António Guterres said:
“Today, 600 million adolescent girls are preparing to enter a world of work transformed by innovation and automation. They are the largest generation in history and a vast source of ideas and solutions for all career fields. Yet far too often, girls are not given the space and opportunities they need to achieve their full potential. Multiple barriers include systematic discrimination, biases and lack of training … On this International Day of the Girl, let us recommit to supporting every girl to develop her skills, enter the workforce on equal terms and reach her full potential. “
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