International Day of the Girl Child

October 11th, 2012 was the first International Day of the Girl Child to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges they face around the world.

There are 250 million girls living poverty in the developing world. By giving girls greater choice and control over the decisions that affect them, we can help to break the cycle of poverty between one generation and the next.

The focus of the first International Day of the Girl is child marriage. Every three seconds a girl in the poorest part of the world is forced to marry against her will.

We know educated girls are more likely to marry later, be able to choose when and how many children they have and earn higher incomes. Over the last year British aid has supported over 2.5 million girls in primary school and 260,000 girls in secondary school to help them fulfil their potential.

Commenting on International Day of the Girl Development Secretary Justine Greening said:

“Development matters most to girls and women.

“It is girls and women who die in childbirth because they don’t have the medical care they need.

“It is women who bear the brunt of stagnant economies, losing out on work opportunities first.

“And it is women who struggle for an equal voice and participation in too many societies and governments.”


Disturbing: Faiz, 40 (left), and Ghulam (right), 11, sit in her home prior to their wedding in the rural Damarda Village, Afghanistan on September 11, 2005

The terrifying world of child brides: Devastating images show girls young enough to be in pre-school who are married off to older men. 

Click HERE for the rest of the photographs.


2 thoughts on “International Day of the Girl Child

  1. adrey1 says:

    Oh my gosh… This is absolutely horrible. Sometimes I think we have to remember that parts of other people’s culture that are different from our own aren’t always necessarily bad, but this seems to be an exception. The picture of the 55-year-old man with his 8-year-old bride shook me to my core. One can only hope he becomes more of a father figure to her than a husband, but this is probably only a hope. Thanks for sharing this Margot and I will definitely be keeping this in my prayers. This is something interesting to thinking about as a future educator with students that come from different cultures and what they may be dealing with in their home lives.

  2. ESteward747 says:

    Yuck! What a terrible picture. Its not hard to ignore problems outside of our nation…
    Have you heard the story of the girl who was shot by the Taliban while taking the bus to school? The 14 year old was shot in the head because she was speaking out for women’s education. Such a sad story. It really shows how we can take our own education for granted. Here’s the link to the story if you want to check it out:


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