SAfAIDS Statement on the International Day of the Girl Child 2017

This day is set aside by the United Nations (UN) to highlight the gender inequality that girls face on a daily basis. Every girl deserves equal opportunities to excel in every facet of their lives and attain a bright future. However, this right continues to be violated gravely.  UN Women reports that every 10 minutes an adolescent girl dies as a result of violence somewhere in the world.  Nineteen percent of all women and girls between the ages of 15 to 49 years have experienced physical and/or sexual violence. Child marriage is rampant in most African communities and the voice of the girl child is all too often silenced.

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