Celebrating #GirlPower on International Day of the Girl

October 11 is International Day of the Girl Child, a day to promote girls’ empowerment and highlight the many challenges faced by girls across the world.

We’re making a difference for girls all over the world who experience poverty, discrimination, violence and exclusion from school at rates much higher than boys.

Meet some of our changemakers.

Tapaita works as a ‘RaitMama’, teaching about the importance of handwashing, using toilets and clean water for cooking. As a result, more girls are able to attend school because they’re free from the task of collecting water from streams and caring for young brothers and sisters who fall ill from water borne disease. 

Taipata says: “I’ve been visiting all the community here to help them understand about health and hand washing.  I have a big heart for the community, especially the children. They must not get sick. Now, everywhere you go, the houses have water and soap close to their toilets and close to their kitchens.”

 

Dr Debra Murthy – works with our team in Bali on healthcare and starting small businesses for families living in poor rural areas. 

“Girls are especially at risk in these areas,” says Deb. “Parents will always prioritise the boys healthcare and schooling. In these images, children are being taught how to clean their teeth – they’ve never seen a toothbrush before and the experience is very exciting for them! This will greatly improve their healthcare.”

Theresa works as a teacher with our school in the upper Himalayas.  She loves coming up with creative lesson plans and is especially excited to see girls in the classrooms.

“All the children previously had to walk such a long way for their education into town. Having a school locally makes such a difference for them, especially the girls,”  she says.  “Trafficking is a major problem for girls in our area.  They are very vulnerable to people who promise them jobs in the city which turn out to be exploitation.  The girls in my class have such potential.”

Anna – is a new young leader, working with girls in her youth group in Vanuatu through the Presbyterian Church.

“Sometimes the girls in the youth group are afraid to speak up – only the boys speak because the girls are afraid that what they might say is out of line,” she says.  “After what I’ve learnt here (at the Women’s Training Workshop, supported by UnitingWorld), I want to go back and teach the girls and the boys too about the way girls are equal and how what they have to say is just as important as the boys.”

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