Empower a Girl, Change the World


October 11 marks the first ever International Day of the Girl Child. The day will promote girls’ rights, highlight gender inequalities and address the various forms of discrimination and abuse suffered by girls around the world. So why is it important to have a day to formally recognise girls?
For those living in developing countries life is usually toughest for girls. An estimated 100 million girls have gone missing because their parents prefer a boy. Girls are more likely to suffer malnutrition. 70,000 girls a day are forced into child marriages. Girls have a higher instance of HIV and AIDS. The selling of girls is rampant, with some being sold for less than goats and cows.

Why is this happening? Education plays a major part. Girls with higher levels of education marry later, have smaller families, have a higher survival rate during childbirth, experience reduced incidences of HIV/AIDS, have children more likely to survive past the age of five and earn more money. Girls need to be able to develop skills so that they can go into work, make smart decisions and help their families. Yet around the world 35 million girls who should be in school are not. So is this where we start in addressing the inequalities? What else can be done? Is it even right to focus aid efforts on girls rather than communities as a whole?

Can empowering a girl really change the world?

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  • Venue York Theatre, Seymour Centre, The University of Sydney,
  • Date & time 18/09/2012 6:00:00 PM


Empower a Girl, Change the World
Elizabeth Cassity and Penny Williams on male advocacy roles
Karen Allen on access to schooling for girls
Karen Allen on confronting cultural challenges
Maddy Gould on empowering girls to change the world
Penny Williams on confronting cultural challenges