Today is International Day of the Girl and to celebrate, we’ve asked Room to Read to do a take-over of Mamamia’s social media. Room to Read is an international charity that is working to transform the lives of millions of girls through literacy and education programs because by educating girls you can break the cycle of poverty in just one generation. Mamamia is proud to support Room to Read in their work to make the world a better place for girls. To donate, click here.
Today is Day of the Girl.
Chances are the girls in your life – your daughters, nieces, friend’s children or students – are spending today at school, learning, playing and exploring.
When they go to bed tonight, they can dream about the future knowing that it’s a boundless sea of possibilities.
Still, not every girl is so lucky.
Today, more than 40,000 girls will become child brides. To break that down – that’s 28 girls every minute.
Today, 20,000 girls will give birth. Of these, 5500 will be aged under 14 and 200 will die from complications.
Today, every 10 minutes an adolescent girl will die as a result of violence.
Today, 28 million girls will be living with mutilated genitals.
Today, 65 million girls won’t go to school. In countries like Somalia, Niger and Liberia an overwhelming proportion of the poorest girls have never even been.
And it’s that last statistic that I’ll ask you to think about – because it’s the one that, once changed, can make the biggest impact on girls’ lives.
According to girls education charity Room to Read, many world problems can be addressed through education.