Gender Equality – International Day of the Girl

Why do we celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child? Good question. Some months ago I explained Femeconomy to a well known male television personality. His immediate reaction was to loudly exclaim, “not another women’s thing! I hate all those women’s things! I suppose it’s all our [men’s] fault then!”.

It confounds me that people perceive tackling ongoing female disadvantage as a personal attack. Gender equality is about the same human rights for all. But this makes some men feel disenfranchised, or defensive. Why? The UN has a goal of a life of dignity for all. It’s frankly a bit hard to argue against that.

We celebrate International Day of the Girl Child because girls and women experience disadvantage in most societies globally. Girls have the right to a safe, educated, and healthy life and to a future where they are equal partners in all aspects of society. Until this happens, we should continue to highlight inequality and work out ways to solve it.

The theme for this year’s International Day of the Girl (11 October) is Girls’ Progress = UN Sustainable Development Goals’ Progress: A Global Girl Data Movement. We recognise girls’ progress is good for girls, and also for families, communities and society at large. However, we face significant gaps in data on girls and young women, lack of systematic analysis, and limited use of existing data, which constrains our ability to monitor and communicate the well being and progress of half of humanity. We need to call for increased investment to harness the data required to ensure programs, policies and services effectively respond to the specific needs of girls.

What do you hope to see for our next generation of girls?

Posted by Jade Collins - Femeconomy Director

Jade Collins has 20 years’ global experience in corporate executive Human Resources and management consulting roles in the Mining, Energy and Aerospace industries, leading large scale, complex multi-million-dollar change management programs. Jade finds the combination of her HR, Psychology and MBA qualifications and her leadership experience is invaluable for increasing gender equality in leadership across industries. Jade was a member of the Queensland Government's Strategic Advisory Group for the Toward Gender Parity: Women on Boards Initiative and the 2019 CQU Alumni of the Year for Social Impact for her work with Femeconomy.