October 11th marks the United Nations initiative: International Day of the Girl Child which strives to address the challenges that girls face by breaking down stereotypes, pushing gender boundaries for changes in inequality, technology, education, and leadership by empowering young females and fulfilling their basic human rights.
Created back in 2011, this year’s theme is a ‘Digital Generation, Our generation’ that raises awareness for all girls to have the right to equal access to the internet and digital devices.
While the pandemic has transitioned first-world countries to remote learning, roughly 2.2 billion people below the age of 25 still do not have internet access at home, primarily making girls cut off from technology.
According to the United Nations, “The global gender gap for internet users grew from 11% in 2013 to 17% in 2019. In the world’s least developed countries, it hovers around 43%.”
The digital generation theme aims to target investments to facilitate opportunities for girls to safely access the internet and increase their chances to use technology on a daily basis.
Digital presence and literacy open new paths to learning and earning for girls, “but the gender digital divide is more than connectivity and online safety.”
The UN reports, “Girls are less likely than boys to use and own technologic devices and gain access to tech-related skills and jobs. Only by addressing the inequity and exclusion that span geographies and generations can we usher in a digital revolution for all, with all.”
This summer, the Generation Equality Forum set technology and innovation as a priority by committing to a five-year plan for stronger solutions to bridge the gap of gender inequality.
Government officials, leaders from civil societies, the private sector, and youth movements made pledges to build more inclusive digital societies through investing in female companies.
“The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted 17 goals by world leaders in 2015 which aims to leaves no one behind.” Each of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals incorporates equality and women’s empowerment as integral key factors for the future.
International #DayOfTheGirl ensures basic human rights of girls across to globe to ensure, “Justice and inclusion of economies that work for all by sustaining promising future for generations to come.”