At The Little Market, a core part of that mission is to raise awareness around human rights. Here on Cultural Exchange, we share avenues in which our readers can use their voices to uplift others. Today, we are recognizing the International Day of the Girl Child because we know that investing in women and girls has the power to transform communities.
About International Day of the Girl Child
In 2012, the United Nations declared Oct. 11 as International Day of the Girl Child to raise awareness for the rights and equality of young girls across the world. More than ever before, it is important to advocate for women and girls. The global pandemic has presented setbacks in achieving equity.
According to the UN, nearly 1 in 4 girls aged 15–19 years will not receive an education or some form of job skills training in comparison to 1 in 10 boys of the same age. The outcome of this will leave 435 million women and girls to live in poverty (less than $1.90 a day) by the year 2021. The current pandemic will increase the number to about 47 million.
My Voice, Our Equal Future
This year’s UN theme is “My Voice, Our Equal Future” to empower women and girls to be leaders and be part of positive change across the world. The focus in 2020 includes:
- Live free from gender-based violence, harmful practices, and HIV and AIDS
- Learn new skills toward the futures they choose
- Lead as a generation of activists accelerating social change
Ending Child Marriage with VOW
Our charity collaboration with VOW supports girls’ rights and gender equality. Launched in October 2018, VOW is dedicated to ending child marriage and advancing girls’ rights. VOW provides couples, companies, and the public-at-large with the opportunity to join a movement to help girls say “I DON’T” to child marriage.
Shop the Collection
Through our partnership, we created a special edition candle, hand-poured by women refugees in the United States, and tote bag, hand-sewn by women in rural Bangladeshi communities. For each purchase of the collection, we will donate 50% of the purchase price to VOW.
Did you know?
According to VOW, here are some statistics about child marriage across the world:
- Dominican Republic has the second-highest rate of child marriage in Latin America.
- In Uganda, 2 out of 5 girls are married before they turn 18.
- Girls who have no education are 3x as likely to girls with secondary or higher education.
Empowering young girls early on in life will lead to economic and social equality. Thank you for joining us and VOW in advocating for women’s and girls’ rights.