International Day of The Girl is a day celebrated annually on 11 October to recognise the challenges girls face worldwide and promote their empowerment. The day was established by the United Nations General Assembly and has been celebrated since 2012. It aims to raise awareness about gender inequality and advocate for girls’ rights to education, healthcare, and freedom from discrimination and violence. The day serves as a reminder of the importance of investing in girls and ensuring their equal opportunities to contribute to a better world.
The United Nations has announced the 2021 theme for International Day of The Girl as “Digital Generation, Our Generation.” The theme highlights the vital role of digital technology in empowering the next generation of girls and bridging the gender gap. As the world becomes increasingly reliant on digital technology, it’s crucial to ensure equal access for all girls to technology, skills, and opportunities, which can help them reach their potential in fields such as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This year’s theme encourages us to celebrate girls’ achievements and support their perseverance in breaking social barriers and stereotypes.
According to the UN, globally, the percentage of females among Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) graduates is below 15 per cent in over two-thirds of countries.
The theme also acknowledges the impact of the digital world on girls’ lives. It emphasizes the need to ensure their safety and empowerment online. Despite the many opportunities that the digital age brings, it also presents new threats and challenges, such as cyberbullying, harassment, and exploitation. The theme encourages us to work towards a more inclusive and equitable digital world where girls can thrive and fulfil their potential.