This Saturday marks the third annual International Day of the Girl Child. “The day promotes girls’ human rights, highlights gender inequalities that remain between girls and boys and addresses the various forms of discrimination and abuse suffered by girls around the world.”

This year’s theme is “Empowering adolescent girls: Ending the cycle of violence.”

While life has been improving for girls around the world, they still face many issues like:

  • Barriers to education access
  • Son preference (and female infanticide)
  • Female genital mutilation
  • Child marriage
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Abuse
  • Discrimination in food allocation and healthcare

PCI believes in empowering the world’s girl children year-round by encouraging progress and increasing educational opportunities through several ongoing programs and initiatives. Committed to gender equity – both programmatically and organization-wide – PCI has developed and adapted innovative program models that advance gender equity while maximizing the participation of girls and women, who in most developing societies lack the education and opportunities afforded to men.

Some examples of our work that benefit girls and their families include…

Check out this infographic from the United Nations for more information on the importance of investing in girls.

Girl Child United Nations Infographic