In 2011, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly passed a resolution adopting 11 October as the International Day of the Girl (IDOG). This day, synonymously known as International Day of the Girl Child, Day of Girls and International Day of Girls, is celebrated annually and serves to promote the recognition of girls’ rights. It is a reminder to the international community of the unique challenges girls face around the world and particularly highlighting issues concerning gender inequality.

Ensuring that every girl can join a Skilled GirlForce is integral to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8 to “increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship”. This will also contribute to ensuring that all girls have equal rights, education and opportunities as called for in SDGs 4 and 5.

“The skills, creativity and potential of girls remains largely untapped throughout the global labour market, as girls and young women continue to face pervasive gender-based discrimination and stereotypes”, says Geeta Desai, GWI President. “Now is the time for the global community to invest in our girls by improving the quality, relevance and gender-responsiveness of teaching and learning and create initiatives to support girls’ school to work transition”, she adds.

As an organization committed to improving the education space for girls, GWI and Graduate Women New Zealand aim, through its programmes such as the Bina Roy Partners in Development, generously funded by VGIF, to provide girls and women with opportunities for training and skills development, thus helping them to develop the foundational, transferable and job-specific skills they need to thrive as individuals and professionals.

Graduate Women International (GWI) is a membership-based international NGO based in Geneva, Switzerland, with presence in over 60 countries. Founded in 1919, GWI is the leading girls’ and women’s global organisation advocating for women’s rights, equality and empowerment through access to quality education and training up to the highest levels. GWI is in special consultative status with ECOSOC since 1947 and is an NGO maintaining official relations with UNESCO and ILO.

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