Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: What Counts for Girls
International Day of the Girl Child (Day of the Girl) is celebrated annually on 11 October. In 2011 the United Nations General Assembly declared the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. This Day focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.
Over the last 15 years, the global community has made significant progress in improving the lives of girls during early childhood. In 2015, girls in the first decade of life are more likely to enrol in primary school, receive key vaccinations, and are less likely to suffer from health and nutrition problems than were previous generations. However, there has been insufficient investment in addressing the challenges girls face when they enter the second decade of their lives. This includes obtaining quality secondary and higher education, avoiding child marriage, receiving information and services related to puberty and reproductive health, and protecting themselves against unwanted pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease and gender-based violence,