International Day of the Girl Child is an opportunity to speak with a unified voice on the importance of addressing child marriage and to highlight the critical actions necessary to improve the life of girls around the world.
Child marriage is a global problem that cuts across countries, cultures, religions and ethnicities and has a disproportionate impact on girls.
Between 2010 and 2020 it is estimated that 142 million girls will marry as children worldwide, that is, approximately 14 million girls every year.
That’s why, on October 11, 2013, the second International Day of the Girl, UN Secretary-General Ban KI-Moon focus his message on problem of child marriage and education, because addressing child marriage is an innovation necessary to improve girls’ education.
Posted: 17 October 2012 (Updated: 14 April 2015)