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Today it is International Day of the Girl child, a day to celebrate all girls’ right to education and highlighting the need to eliminate all forms of discrimination against girls. This day is observed internationally to raise awareness of the obstacles that girls face across the world and to celebrate their achievements. The charity ActionAid’s theme for the Day of the Girl is ‘Let Girls Learn’.

Around 129 million girls around the world are out of school and less than 40% of countries provide girls and boys with equal access to education. ActionAid runs a child sponsorship program in many parts of the world to support girls and their families. By investing in a girls education, it assists the girls by adding to their skill set and knowledge to grow and prosper. Girls who stay in education are more likely to support themselves, look after their health and avoid early marriage and pregnancy. Sponsoring a girl helps pay for new school buildings, school fees and school supplies such as text books and other equipment.

International Day of the Girl was set as day of observance by the United Nations in 2012 and the first International Day of the Girl was held on 11th October 2012.

Its mission is “to help galvanise worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.”

Up until recently international law and global development plans did not consider the nature of the added disadvantage girls face in realising their human rights, so Day of the Girl marks this important inclusion in human rights history every year.

Vulnerable individuals such as young girls, who experience breaches of their Human Rights, should be represented and provided with the necessary assistance to live a healthy and prosperous life.

If you or a loved one have experienced a breach of your Human Rights, our experienced Abuse Claims team at Ramsdens Solicitors, headed by Natalie Marrison, are here to help. For a confidential discussion, please contact the Ramsdens Abuse team on 0113 877 1834 or email info@ramsdens.co.uk.