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Int’l Day of the Girl Child: ‘My Girl Is Not for Sale’

Sunday, October 9, 2016 0:46
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Human Wrongs Watch By UN Women*

The UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, has issued a series of feature stories ad information ahead of the International Day of the Girl Child, marked on 11 October 2016. The following ones are some of them:

Half the Roma girls in Moldova receive no schooling, only 20 per cent complete primary school, another 20 per cent finish a gymnasium, and only 10 per cent graduate from high school or university. UN Women Moldova is working through various partners, including with the media to increase the visibility of positive role models from the Roma community. Photo: UN Women Programme ‘Women in Politics’/Dorin Goian

Photo: UN Women Programme ‘Women in Politics’/Dorin Goian

“My girl is not for sale”: Escaping child marriage in Moldova
A Roma family challenges cultural norms by refusing a reparatory marriage. In their community, school drop-out rate is a stagerring record 58 per cent, mainly driven by child/early marriages, unplanned pregnancies and childcare responsibilities.

Photo: Malawi Girl Guides/Otchiwe Nkosi

Photo: Malawi Girl Guides/Otchiwe Nkosi

From where I stand: Elizabeth Chatuwa
Elizabeth Chatuwa, 28, has been a Girl Guide since she was 10 years old. Today, she is the District Youth Commissioner for the Malawi Girl Guides Association.

She mentors girls and assists youth leaders in delivering programmes, including the Voices against Violence curriculum, developed jointly by UN Women and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, to make girls and young women aware of their rights, to prevent child marriage and other forms of violence and to encourage girls to stay in school.

Religious leaders attending training in Mertolemariam town in February 2016. Photo: EOC

Religious leaders at the forefront of ending gender-based violence in Ethiopia

At the end of the training conducted by UN Women, religious leaders developed a 13-point call for action to end harmful traditional practices and gender-based violence in the region, including rejecting violence against women, child marriage and the practice of Female Genital Mutilation. They are now preaching to prevent such violence in their congregations.

Ileana Crudu. Photo: Doina Stoicescu

From where I stand: Ileana Crudu

When Ileana Crudu finished high school in 2016, she had completed one year of training as a participant of GirlsGoIT, a UN Women-supported initiative that breaks down gender stereotypes in the ICT sector. Ileana is now a relentless ambassador encouraging girls to study technology.

Alaa in a mosaic workshop in UN Women’s women center (Oasis) in Zaatari Refugee Camp. Photo: UN Women/Christopher Herwig

Voices of women survivors of violence: Alaa’s “wedding”
Alaa is one of scores of Syrian women refugee who report fear of sexual violence as a major motivation to flee the country. So, one winter night, Alaa packed one change of clothing in her school back bag and walked to the border with her family.

Syrian refugee and Jordanian girls participate in a mixed-nationality football camp in Jordan. Photo: UN Women/Christopher Herwig

Football camps in Jordan plant seeds of friendship and cohesion
For Syrian refugees in Jordan, integration into the Jordanian society is fraught with challenges. Mistrust and rumors taint how each group perceives the other. A project by UN Women organized football camps for adolescent girls, where Jordanian and Syrian girls built friendships and social cohesion.

Girl power in photos

*These feature stories have been published in UN Women. Go to Original. 2016 Human Wrongs Watch


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