International Day of the Girl Child

Girls are our future.

11 October is International Day of the Girl Child. In line with the Sustainable Development Goals, which have a global goal of ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity for all, this years International Day of the Girl Child highlights the importance of gender equality and adolescent girls.

Women and girls make up more than half the world’s population — and yet are often the most affected by poverty, climate change, food insecurity, lack of access to healthcare, and global economic crises. Adolescent girls face unique social, economic and political challenges around the world. They have the right to a safe, educated and healthy life.

Save the Children is helping to build a world free of discrimination for young women and girls. In 120 countries, Save the Children reached more than 62 million children in 2015, through its own work and through its partners.

Save the Children has operated in Vanuatu for over two decades. The organisation works closely with communities in Child Protection, Health and Nutrition, Education, Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change.

The Child Protection team works in communities and national policy-making level to ensure children and adolescents are safe.

They help to ensure child protection systems are strengthened for the prevention of, and response to, violence against children. This includes encouraging non-violent approaches toward discipline as a foundation for fostering cooperation and understanding, problem-solving, and mutual respect between children and adults within families, schools and communities.

Save the Children’s Health and Nutrition team provides health education to improve nutrition in women and children and promotes and supports optimal infant and young child feeding and care practices to improve child survival.

Additionally, it screens for and facilitates the treatment of malnutrition in young children, promotes WASH messaging and healthy living in communities; and through the Village Health Care Worker programme, supports the Ministry of Health to promote healthy islands messages.

When effectively supported, girls have greater potential to change the world – both as empowered children and youth of today, and as the entrepreneurs, mentors, mothers, household heads and political leaders of the future.

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