Girl-child’s plight calls for ac­tion by all

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

Yes­ter­day was the In­ter­na­tional Day of the Girl Child, a UN trib­ute to more than a bil­lion girls world­wide (see page 12). The Day’s theme this year is “Girls’ Progress = Girls’ Progress: A Global Girls’ Data Move­ment”.

The sta­tis­tics of how vi­o­lence, dis­crim­i­na­tion and in­equal­ity daily de­feat too many girls’ dreams around the world, but es­pe­cially in Africa, are atro­cious.

In Kenya, early child mar­riages and fe­male gen­i­tal mu­ti­la­tion re­main ma­jor chal­lenges.

A re­port by Save The Chil­dren, en­ti­tled “Ev­ery Last Girl: Free to Live, Free to Learn, Free from Harm”, ranks coun­tries in an in­dex from the best to worst in which to be a girl, based on child mar­riage, school­ing, teen preg­nancy, ma­ter­nal deaths and num­ber of fe­male leg­is­la­tors.

The re­port reg­is­ters a har­row­ing statis­tic: Ev­ery seven sec­onds around the world, a girl aged be­low 15 years is mar­ried off. The scale of this threat is to­tally un­ac­cept­able.

And the world, all the world, needs to be a part of the so­lu­tion, not the ter­ri­ble prob­lem.

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