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International Day of the Girl: Girls’ Rights are Human Rights

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11 October 2012

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Blog: International Day of the Girl: Girls’ Rights are Human Rights

Girl in classBy Nora Fyles,

October 11 marks the inaugural International Day of the Girl Child. The theme will be "Ending Child Marriage," to recognize that child marriage robs young girls of opportunities and denies them of their rights. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights provides girls of full age with the right to enter into marriage with their free and full consent. For the most part, with child marriage, young girls are denied this right and denied a proper childhood with time for play and school.

When we remove girls from school to marry early, it impacts their lives profoundly. A new short feature from Camfed – “The Child Within” – portrays the experience of child marriage from a girl’s perspective. Nabena, 15, speaks volumes of the impact it had on her life when she says “My whole being yearns to go back to school.”The film was produced in collaboration with traditional and local government authorities, who are now using it to help lead the fight against child marriage and help keep girls in school. read more >>

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The Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) is a pan African Non Government Organization founded in 1992 to promote girls’ and women’s education in sub Saharan Africa in line with Education For All.
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Gender Analysis in Education

Ten million girls under the age of 18 marry each year.
That’s around …
833,333 a month
192,307 a week
27,397 a day
19 every minute

Or, around one girl every three seconds.
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