â€œWe want to be seen as equals, in the eyes of others AND in our own eyes.”
Why a day just for girls? Because girls can save the world. And we deserve a bigger part of it.
A Dozen Reasons
As girls, we experience inequality in every aspect of our lives. There are a billion reasons why we need the Day of the Girl, but letâ€™s start with just a dozen (all are linked to their source):
By 2015, females will make up 64% of the worldâ€™s illiterate (adult) population. (PDF)
Only 30% of girls in the world are enrolled in secondary school. (PDF)
Girls make up half of the high school population, but receive only 41% of all athletic participation opportunities.
Women only hold 15.7% of top leadership positions in Fortune 500 companies.
One in seven girls in developing countries is married off before age 15.
More than half (54%) of all rapes of females happen before age 18. (PDF)
1 in 5 high school girls has been physically or sexually abused by a dating partner.
Children as young as age 11 are forced to work as prostitutes. Some estimates have as many as 1.2 million children being trafficked every year.
54% of 3rd-5th grade girls worry about their appearance and 37% worry about their weight.
57% of music videos feature a female portrayed exclusively as a decorative, sexual object.
Females continue to be underrepresented in top roles in film with less than 1 in 3 speaking characters in childrenâ€™s movies.
What facts have you found about girls and their opportunities (or lack of opportunities)? Share them with us.
Please go to dayofthegirl.org website to check out the pdf links!