The United Nations International Day of the Girl is October 11th. Created in 2011, this holiday is designed to recognize and honor the unique challenges of the 1.1 billion girls in the world. What’s more, every year has a different theme or focus, and this year the theme is Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: A Global Girl Data Movement.
Global Girl Data
Accumulating and gathering data about any given topic can only increase your understanding and knowledge of that topic. Therefore, if data is knowledge, and knowledge is power, then we severely lack the sort of deep understanding that it takes to create real positive change for the girls of the world.
Accordingly, one of the sustainable development goals of the International Day of the Girl is to harness the power of Big Data and figure out ways to collect and analyze more gendered data, then using what we learn to improve the lives of girls around the world. Unicef and the UN offer more information on this year’s Day of the Girl and the associated programs.
Improving The World For Girls Everywhere
Collecting and analyzing data on girls around the world will help improve the lives of girls and young women everywhere. This data collection does what really counts for girls, minimizes the risk of gender-based violence or crimes against them simply because they are young females, minimizes unwanted adolescent pregnancy, improves reproductive health education, and increases opportunities for paid work and entrepreneurship.
Celebrating International Day Of The Girl
If you have a daughter, a goddaughter, a niece, or any young girl in your life, take a moment to talk about the goals of the Global Girl Data movement, how she can participate, and what it means for all girls. You can Tweet and Instagram your Day of The Girl moments using #IDG2016 and #GirlData. So stand up and be counted!
After all, girls make up more than half of the global population. Their contributions to our collective culture and the global economy needs to be recognized, respected, and honored. All of that starts at home by celebrating the International Day Of The Girl and sharing the that positive message with your daughters, nieces, cousins, and friends.
Learn more and participate in the international celebration at Day Of The Girl’s official website.