Girls’ Rights to be Recognized on First International Day in 2012

In 2012, girls’ rights will be recognized on an official day, thanks to a resolution the United Nations adopted on Dec. 19. Oct. 11, 2012, will mark the first “International Day of the Girl Child” to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.

By establishing the International Day of the Girl Child, the UN affirms its commitment to end gender stereotypes, discrimination, violence, and economic disparities that disproportionately affect girls, according to a press release.

While the term “girl child” doesn’t roll off the tongue as easily in the United States, the term is in frequent use internationally to distinguish the unique challenges faced by those under age 18 from those faced by women.

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