International Day of the Girl Child

Ericka Riker FCE

Today, October 11th, is International Day of the Girl Child. Created by the United Nations back in 2012, this holiday is a youth-led movement whose mission is “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” Each year, they address a specific concern facing young girls and foster positive conversation while empowering girls to surmount obstacles.

This year’s theme is With Her: A Skilled GirlForce. More than 90% of adolescent girls from developing countries who enter the workforce in the next decade will join the informal sector, where low or no pay, abuse and exploitation are common (UN). International Day of the Girl Child is determined to work alongside girls to improve their educational opportunities, expand current offerings and create new resources for them to enter into a more stable workforce environment.

At Feeding Children Everywhere, we know that a good meal is important to help our brain’s focus. Every year, our Hunger Heroes pack thousands of meals that can help girls retain their focus when working or learning important life skills. By supplying these meals, we provide the freedom for them to pursue a career without fear of whether they will be able to feed their families. Thanks to generous partners, we also host classes that help teach participants how to start and run their own small business. Creating a small business is a great opportunity where anyone, including young girls, can use their skills and work on their terms.

A Female Future

Under this year’s theme, the UN and various International Day of the Girl Child organizations will advocate for the improvement of girl’s workforce training and education. Efforts like International Day of the Girl Child and programs offered by Feeding Children Everywhere are created with a vision for a brighter future. We want to see a world with societies in which girls can achieve success through stable work opportunities and stable food supply.

You can donate below if you would like to play a part in supporting one of Feeding Children Everywhere’s programs. Every dollar provides delicious meals and a brighter future for those who may not know where their next meal will come from.