International Day of the Girl 2018
October 11th, 2018 is the seventh consecutive International Day of the Girl Child. Aiming to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face on a day to day basis, whilst also promoting female empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights. This year’s theme is focussing on equipping girls with the skills to succeed in the workplace “With Her: A Skilled GirlForce”
As the world advances, so does technology, skillsets and the expectations of the next generation of girls who are preparing to enter the world of work. With educated and skilled workers in high demand it is shocking to hear that around a quarter of young people – the majority of them female – are currently neither in education, in training or employed.
Around 600 million adolescent girls will be entering the world of work in the next decade and more than 90% of those from developing countries will work in the informal sector. In the informal sector practises such as low or no pay, abuse and exploitation are extremely common.
This year’s International Day of The Girl will mark the beginning of a brand new and yearlong scheme to work alongside all girls to expand learning and training opportunities, pave out new pathways, and call on the global community to think about how to prepare our next generation of GirlForce for a successful transition into the world of employment.
As well as reassessing and evaluating for the generations about to enter the workforce as a global community we must also start to help girls right from the beginning.
Salt-Water Sandals have been partners with mothers2mothers since 2017 and we work closely together to raise awareness and money in order to assist m2m with their vital work.
Mothers2mothers (m2m) is an African NGO that employs HIV-positive women – known as Mentor Mothers – as community health workers and is one of the organisations on the frontline delivering ECD services to girls to maximise their potential. m2m has seen amazing results with a hugely impressive 97.3% of their girl clients achieving all of their development milestones at 12 months.
The Mentor Mothers work with both parents and caregivers to make sure their girls receive not only the right nutrition but also the right stimulation so they can develop in all domains. With focuses on various attributes including physical, cognitive, socio-emotional, and language – m2m and their Mentor Mothers are preparing girls for a more productive and enriched future. As well as their continued focus on HIV-prevention and education, m2m services now include early childhood development, paediatric care and support, and adolescent mentoring.
Here at Salt-Water we are in complete admiration and awe of organisations like m2m and the impact they have on current generations but also the way in which they are helping future generations. Truly encompassing the importance and dedication needed to make a difference this Day of The Girl.
To learn more about m2m and International Day of the Girl please see links below and keep your eyes peeled for more Salt-Water X m2m events and promotions.