International Day of the Girl Child – 11th October 2017

International Day of the Girl Child – 11th October 2017
30th October 2017

 

On October 11th, it was the international day of the girl – a day which is to specifically celebrate girls worldwide. Every girl, of every nationality has the right to free education. With around 130 million girls worldwide not in education, there is still so much work to be done to support girls. At Women in Leadership, we aim to empower young girls and women to become leaders within their community. We do this by working with local schools and health centres to educate them on their rights as a woman. To celebrate the International Day of the Girl, we decided to have an office debate on the issues that women and girls are currently facing both in the UK and Uganda. Although very different cultures, we found that many of the issues were universal.

Within the UK there is still a significant gap with gender pay. Many women within the UK are doing the same job titles as men and are still receiving lower salaries. Because of this, there are significantly lower numbers women within senior management positions. Another contributing factor to this is the lack of support that women have during and post pregnancy. We spoke about schemes and initiatives which the government is introducing to help women with multiple children and nursery fees.

Within Uganda there is a lack of women within community leadership positions. This is due to the role of a women being seen as purely maternal and therefore they do not receive the education or training to become leaders. We discussed the support of NGO’s through empowering women and teaching them human rights. International Day of the Girl was a great reminder that we are only at the beginning of the journey we are on in empowering women. If this blog has inspired you to get in touch with us then please do, we would love to hear from you!

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