Loreto’s Women of the World group (WoW) are proudly supporting International Day of the Girl 2021.

Theme: “Digital generation. Our generation.”

Monday 11th October 2021 is International Day of the Girl. Set up in 2012 and endorsed by the United Nations, the day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls uniquely face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.

Achieving Gender Equality is an integral part of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Goals. Girls have the right to a safe, educated, and healthy life and if they are effectively supported, girls have the potential to change the world.

Girls are breaking boundaries and barriers posed by stereotypes and exclusion, including those directed at children with disabilities and those living in marginalised communities.

As part of International Day of the Girl, through the #GirlsTakeover initiative, girls are occupying spaces where they are rarely seen or heard in positions of power and make it clear they have the right to be there without being silenced or ignored.

This year’s theme recognises the importance of the need to be digitally connected to participate fully in society. The lack of access to technology affects girls and women the most because:

  • cost is a bigger issue for girls and women
  • families are concerned about online safety for girls
  • stereotypes say that ‘technology is more for boys’
  • of the lack of female role models in technology and STEM subjects – globally, the percentage of females among Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) graduates is below 15 per cent in over two-thirds of countries.

Loreto WoW is marking the day with a presentation by the WoW Representatives to each form. As well as highlighting some of the barriers girls face across the world, they will also be focusing on some inspirational girls who are challenging stereotypes and making a positive impact on the world.

You can find out more about International Day of the Girl and this year’s theme by exploring the links below:

Unicef

Girls Who Code

Twitter: IDG2021