Research shows that twice as many girls as boys will never start school and that globally, girls between the ages of 5 and 14 spend 40% more time, or 160 million more hours a day doing unpaid housework and collecting water than boys – a trend that is likely to continue into adulthood.
Today on International Day of the Girl, Walker’s Legacy is proud to recognize the importance of equal rights for girls and the unique challenges and barriers to access young women around the world face everyday. These challenges, which include lack of access to quality education, income inequality, sexual assault and violence, forced marriages, child labor, and lack of information on reproductive health and services, are tied to the insufficient investment and resources directed toward advancing the equality agenda of this very important demographic.
Today, efforts across the globe are bringing awareness to adolescent girls’ rights to a safe, educated, and healthy life not only during this formative time of their lives, but into their lives as adult innovators, leaders, and educators. As noted in an op-ed by First Lady Michelle Obama, education opens doors and provides a voice to these youth. Global girls’ education
Founded on December 19, 2011, by the United Nations General Assembly, this movement of national action is missioned “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” October 11 is a day to reinforce the importance of supporting the potential and ability of this demographic of young leaders. Building ecosystems, providing resources, and simply supporting girls of today means empowering the entrepreneurs, political leaders, and heads of households of tomorrow.
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