Today governments, international development agencies and people around the world are celebrating the inaugural International Day of the Girl Child, a resolution adopted unanimously last year by the United Nations General Assembly.
Many people will ask if we really need another international day to slot in the calendar. We have plenty of UN observance days, numerous religious holidays and a greeting card holiday for almost every occasion. So why give the International Day of the Girl Child any more thought than all those other days?
The answer is simple: We don't pay enough attention to the unique difficulties and specific problems faced by girls, especially girls born in developing countries. We also don't pay sufficient attention to underlying power relations and gender issues within communities. On this day, we all speak in one voice together, on this day, we can help spotlight gender issues in our region.