International Day of the Girl Child observed in Jacobabad

By our correspondent
JACOBABAD Oct 12: An international girl child day was organized by Community Development Foundation [CDF], a local Jacobabad based organization, here on Wednesday.
The theme of the day was “Empower girls’ before, during and after conflict“ in which a large number of school girls aged around 10-18 participated in the event.
Students performed very best theaters by covering the theme of the day, Empower girls before and after crises, Ending GBV, Promote Girls Education.
Talking on the occasion Deputy Director Social welfare Jacobabad Ms. Zuhra Khoso, Program Manager CDF Ms. Saima Gul Mirani, Nadeem Bahrani, Headmistress Ms Qubra Khalique, Mr Qurban Odhano & Others said that in every 10 minutes’ somewhere in the world, an adolescent girl dies as a result of violence. In humanitarian emergencies, gender-based violence often increases, subjecting girls to sexual and physical violence, child marriage, exploitation and trafficking. Adolescent girls in conflict zones are 90 per cent more likely to be out of school when compared to girls in conflict-free countries, compromising their future prospects for work and financial independence as adults, across the world, empowered girls are raising their voices to fight for their rights and protection in all contexts. They are working to end violence against women and girls, to recognize indigenous rights, and to build peaceful and cohesive communities.
The speakers urged that the observation supports more opportunity for girls and increases awareness of gender inequality faced by girls worldwide based upon their gender while this inequality includes areas such as right to education/access to education, nutrition, legal rights, medical care, and protection from discrimination, violence against women and unfree child marriage.
The celebration of the day also “reflects the successful emergence of girls and young women as a distinct cohort in development policy, programming, campaigning and research.
The objective of this event is to raise awareness regarding the importance of Girls.