International Day of the Girl

International Day of the Girl posterBY VICTORIA A. BROWNWORTH

In the U.S., October 11 is National Coming Out Day, a day of celebration of LGBT identity. But starting Oct. 11, 2012, the UN has designated October 11th as the International Day of the Girl–additional momentum for that date. (The term “girl” is used by the UN to distinguish females under 18 worldwide.)

The UN General Assembly made the designation in Dec. 2011 and urged all its signatories to sign onto the day in recognition of how badly girl children are treated worldwide and the many disadvantages they suffer, particularly in the developing world and emerging nations. By setting aside a day for advocacy and action by and for girls, the UN declared a commitment to end gender stereotypes, discrimination, violence and economic and educational disparities that disproportionately impact girls.

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