October 11 is International Day of the Girl.
Why is it important?
Equal opportunity for girls is good for all of us.
Girls throughout the world face higher rates of violence, poverty, discrimination. In Canada, girls have higher rates of depression, sexual harassment and dating violence.
There is a growing recognition around the world that support for girls and their basic human rights is key for healthy communities.
Improving girls' lives has a ripple effect. What is good for them is good for all of us.
This international day promotes equal treatment and opportunities for girls around the world in areas such as law, nutrition, health care, education, training, and freedom from violence and abuse.
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