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International Day of the Girl Child

The United Nations has declared today, October 11th, as International Day of the Girl Child. Why have a day dedicated to this observance?

– An estimated 129 million girls are currently not in school, with 97 million of these of secondary school age
– Of those who do attend school, 60 million experience gender violence on their way to, or while in school
– 500 million girls and women worldwide have no access to the products and facilities needed to manage their own menstrual health
– Women and girls spend more than 200 million hours a day – more than 22,000 years – fetching water

Read more about how Rotary is working to address these, and other related issues, in Past R.I. Director Elizabeth Usovicz’s blog post here:

To learn more about President Gordon R. McInally’s Girls’ Empowerment Initiative focused on elevating the voices and unlocking the power of girls and women around the world, see these resources:

Empowering Girls Overview
Empowering Girls Brochure
Empowering Girls Presentation
Empowering Girls Talking Points