International Day of the Girl Child is an international observance day declared by the United Nations on 11 October 2012. It is also called the Day of Girls and the International Day of the Girl.

Of importance, it is vital to note that on this occassion of the International Day of the Girl, the United Nations human rights experts have highlighted the vulnerabilities of the girls in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and called on governments to unlock young girls potential and keep the promises made to them in Beijing, 25 years ago.

Twenty-five years ago in Beijing, China, the world made promises to girls all around the globe. Governments promised them they would take all necessary steps to safeguard their equal rights and ensure that girls achieve their full potential.

World leaders promised to elliminate all forms of descrimination and violence against girls, to provide them opportunities on an equal basis with boys, to promote and protect their rights, to eliminate the economic explotations and to empower them to participate in social, economic, political and cultural life.

“While we commemorate the invaluable progress made in promoting gender equality over the last 25 years, the COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us of the existing inequalities and discrimination that girls face and their particular vulnerabilities in the context of this pandemic.

Educational hindrances has affected the lives of the girl child in a plethora of ways. Due to school closures, girls have been exposed to domestic violences, higher risk of child marriages and early pregnancy.

Fragile economic decadence has increased the rate of exploitation of girls including trafficking for the purpose of labour or sexual exploitation” the CSCJF National Coordinator ,Ms Abigale Mupambi narrated in her statement to mark the day.

As Civic Society and Churches Joint Forum (CSCJF), we have witnessed the devastating consequences of the pandemic. As a nation, it is time to embrace this unique opportunity to re-think societies and address long-lasting structural inequalities.

Join CSCJF to advocate for the inclusion of girls in policy-making processes and contribute to the design of age sensitive social protection schemes. In a nutshell, societies must reconceptualise traditional gender roles to unlock young girls’ potential to contribute to their communities and societies.

CSCJF Information Desk