Today October 11, we celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child. This year, the theme is ‘Empowering adolescent girls: Ending the cycle of violence.’
The sad reality is that:
– Nearly one in four adolescent girls experience physical violence
– Around 120 million girls under the age of 20 worldwide have experienced forced intercourse or other forced sexual acts.
– Worldwide, more than 700 million women alive today were married before their 18th birthday – about 250 million entered into union before age 15.
– Approximately 28 million adolescent girls alive today have undergone female genital mutilation or cutting in the 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East where it is most common.
Thanks to Unicef Tanzania for sharing these information!