Today is International Day of the Girl
Set aside by the United Nations to recognize and consider girls of the world, today is the International Day of the Girl! Here are some reasons by mentalfloss.com on why we need a day devoted to girls, their need for education, health and well-being.
31 million middle school-age girls aren't in school
If you're reading this right now, that means you have a computer, know how to read, and have likely had easy access to education. For millions of girls, a whopping 31 million to be exact, education is either unattainable or strictly forbidden. If you watched Malala Yousafzai's inspiring interview on the Daily Show this week, you learned that fighting for education could cost a girl her life in Middle Eastern counties like Pakistan.
Every day, almost 39,000 girls under the age of 15 become child brides
Globally one in nine girls will be forced to marry before her 15th birthday. In the U.S. that means you would be married before your Sophomore year in high school. There are a lot of projects around the world providing girls protection from, and alternatives to underage marriage, like the Kakenya Center For Excellence in Kenya.
Worldwide, there are as many as 100 million girls between the ages of 5 to 18 involved in child labor.
Education for girls is the first step against child labor, as it reduces the chances of the chance for child labor. Also, choosing to purchase fair-trade goods is a way we can help prevent child labor daily. (Check out this article on purchasing fair trade Halloween Candy.) UNICEF is a leader in the fight against child labor, and high schoolers can start a UNICEF club in their schools to help spread education and awareness about child labor prevention.
To get the full list from mentalfloss.com, check it out here.