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October 11th, 2013

Happy Day of the Girl!

Today is the second annual International Day of the Girl Child, which was established as a result of a UN resolution adopted in 2011. The Day of the Girl came out of a recognition of the “the unique challenges girls face around the world” and is about highlighting inequalities, campaigning for positive change and encouraging young women to discover their own voice and ability to effect change (U.N. website).

“Girls face discrimination and violence every day across the world. The International Day of the Girl Child focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights” (U.N. website).

This year the day has a particular focus on Girls Education as the single most powerful factor in achieving desired development outcomes, not only for young women but their families and communities. In our little corner of the world, we at Canaan Project really resonate with this issue. We know that education, in its widest sense, is what will equip and empower our girls to be able to be healthy and successful and to fulfil their inherent potential.

The girls we work with are fortunate in that they live in a country where they have access to free education and some of the best resources in the world. However this doesn’t mean there aren’t barriers for them in engaging with and benefitting from that education. In our experience this can be a result of learning difficulties, the school environment, bullying or issues they’re facing outside of school. We really value our partnerships with schools and the ability it gives us and the school to better understand what’s going on for the girls and to offer them better support.

At the same time we recognize the opportunity we have within our own sessions to help young women learn and develop in a more informal way. We aim to provide young women with a whole range of experiences and opportunities (as with the girl in the picture learning about being a midwife!) and to then walk alongside them, reflecting with them on their discoveries. In this way we have the enormous privilege of witnessing them learning about themselves and the world around them.

Every day is Day of the Girl at Canaan Project and we hope today inspires you too to celebrate the young women in your world.

Fiona