Celebrating International Day of the Girl Child
Today, 11 October, marks the first ever International Day of the Girl Child, a day set by the United Nations to highlight the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights. This year’s theme is “Ending Child Marriage”, chosen because child marriage denies a girl of her childhood, disrupts her education, limits her opportunities, increases her risk of violence and abuse, and jeopardizes her health.
To discuss the role of education in ending child marriage and enabling girls to reach their full potential, UNICEF’s podcast moderator Femi Oke spoke with Dr. Anju Malhotra, UNICEF’s Principal Adviser, Gender and Rights. To listen to the podcast, please click here