“Empowerment of and investment in girls are key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence and in promoting and protecting the full and effective enjoyment of their human rights”

In 2011, the United Nations declared October 11th, as the International Day of the Girl Child, to bring awareness and empowerment to the lives of young girls.

Their mission is to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.

According to the Center for American Progress, women make up 45 percent of the S&P 500 labor force, only 37 percent are first and mid-level officials and managers in those companies. 25 percent are executive, senior level officials and managers, 19 percent hold board seats and only 4.6 percent are CEO’s.

By providing more opportunities for girls in trending career fields that were once seen as unorthodox such as, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, we can change those statistics. The International Day of the Girl, is to expose us all to organizations that come together on this day to create, implement and provide solutions to ensure that all girls all over the world are seen as equals.

-Kerri L. Hill