Despite many positive strides, the reality for many women around the world is that they are still denied basic rights and opportunities based upon their gender. While longstanding issues such as the gender pay gap and physical and/or sexual violence still persist, other more current ones such as being disproportionately affected as front-line workers during COVID-19 are now surfacing. It is with that in mind that we at Odyssey celebrate October 11, the International Day of the Girl Child, and recognize the need for attention and aid to be brought to the issues that affect women around the world.
Started on December 19, 2011, by the United Nations General Assembly, International Day of the Girl Child is aimed at empowering women and girls to fulfill their potential and become the entrepreneurs, mothers, and political leaders they are capable of being. By removing the biases and hindrances still afflicting half of the world's population, it is the goal of all who support International Day of the Girl Child to see the unique ideas, perspectives, and contributions that girls and women have to offer to the world, unfettered by the barriers and limitations forced upon them.
Please join us in celebrating International Day of the Girl 2020 by sharing stories of inspiring women and girls, and amplifying their access to resources and opportunities.
To learn more about how you can get involved, please visit the United Nations International Day of the Girl Child.