On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare October 11 as the “International Day of the Girl Child”, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.
For its first observance, this year’s Day will focus on child marriage, which is a fundamental human rights violation and impacts all aspects of a girl’s life. Child marriage denies a girl of her childhood, disrupts her education, limits her opportunities, increases her risk to be a victim of violence and abuse, jeopardizes her health and therefore constitutes an obstacle to the achievement of nearly every Millennium Development Goal (MDG) and the development of healthy communities. (United Nations Declaration)
In the following days, the African Women in Cinema Blog will focus on films that highlight the experiences of girls in African societies.