International Day of the Girl Child

Grace-e1413459148128On 19 December 2011, the United Nations General Assembly voted to pass a resolution establishing 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child (IDGC). This day is designated for promoting the rights of girls and highlighting the unique challenges they face around the world. Today, countries around the world are observing the third International Day of the Girl Child. The theme for this year’s IDGC is, “Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence”.

Bearing in mind the unique challenges faced by girls in our society, ARC is planning to launch a new campaign entitled GRACE, focussed on empowering girls. GRACE Campaign helps “Girls build Resilience, Aspirations, Capabilities and Empowerment”. It aims to empower girls by building their confidence to navigate social, cultural, economic and gender barriers. It is designed to help girls make informed educational decisions and invest in girls to equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary for career development. An important component of the GRACE Campaign is highlighting women’s achievements in non-traditional and decision making roles.

ARC hopes that the GRACE Campaign will educate girls on the wide varieties of educational opportunities available and how to access them, as well as equip them with the skills necessary to succeed in the competitive job market. As part of the GRACE Campaign, ARC will conduct information sessions for girls and a media campaign to raise public awareness on relevant issues.