International Day of the Girl Child
Why do we need to commemorate the International Day of the Girl Child? Maybe because…
- … the global internet user gender gap is growing, from 11 per cent in 2013 to 17 per cent in 2019, and widest in the world’s least developed countries at 43 per cent.
- … 2.2 billion people below the age of 25 do not have internet access at home, with girls more likely to be cut off.
- … globally, the percentage of females among Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) graduates is below 15 per cent in over two-thirds of countries.
- … and in middle and higher-income countries, only 14 per cent of girls who were top performers in science or mathematics expected to work in science and engineering compared to 26 per cent of top-performing boys.
These are not even all reasons, but they highlight that there is a structural difference for people depending on their perceived gender.
Many of our members and partners share the same view as us and want to celebrate young girls and highlight their achievement and inspirational power. Check out the examples below!