International Day of the Girl Child 2021

Almost a decade ago, in December 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child.

This annual observance day focuses attention on addressing the many barriers girls across the world overcome on a daily basis, while also promoting female empowerment.

Did you know that worldwide, almost one in four girls aged 15-19 years is neither employed nor in any form of education or training? This is compared to one in ten boys of the same age.

Estimates indicate that approximately 435 million girls and women are currently living on less than €1.60 a day. This includes 47 million who have been pushed into poverty as a result of the pandemic.

And at least 60% of countries across the world continue to discriminate against their daughters’ rights to inherit land and other assets.

Despite these challenges, the International Day of the Girl Child advocates for girls and young women to have the right to a safe, healthy, and educated life. When girls are supported through their teenage years, they have the potential to change the world as the empowered young women of today, and as the workers, entrepreneurs, mentors, mothers, and political leaders of tomorrow.

According to UNICEF’s A New Era for Girls report, the world is now home to more than 1.1 billion girls aged under 18. They are living longer than they were 25 years ago, and they are also poised to become the biggest generation of female leaders, change-makers and entrepreneurs.

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We also provide a choice of DNA relationship tests including sibling testing, aunt testing and maternity testing.

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