(Thursday 11th October, 2018 Issue)
People in the Media (YPM) has recently celebrated International Day of the Girl
(IDGC) with a call for the creation of more empowered and skilled girls in the
The day highlights and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting their empowerment and the fulfillment of their potential and human rights. The theme of this year’s celebration is with her: A Skilled Girl Force.
According to reports and statistics, 1 billion young people – including 600 million adolescent girls – that will enter the workforce in the next decade, more than 90% of those living in developing countries will work in the informal sector, where low or no pay, abuse and exploitation are common.
Today’s generation of girls are preparing to enter a world of work that is being transformed by innovation and automation. Educated and skilled workers are in great demand, but roughly a quarter of young people – most of them female – are currently neither employed or in education or training.
President of YPM Isatou Jallow said IDGC provides them the opportunity as aspiring young female leaders to take ownership and be seen at the forefront of development on issues affecting their wellbeing in shaping the world. “YPM strongly believes in development of the girl child, with education as bedrock to unlock every girl’s potential,” she said.
She said YPM in partnership with stakeholders in the empowerment of the girl child will continue to galvanize their advocacy efforts to expand on the existing learning opportunities, chart new pathways and call on the global community to rethink how to prepare girls for a successful transition into the world of work.
The 2018, IDGC theme marks the beginning of a year-long effort to bring together partners and stakeholders to advocate for and draw attention and investments to the most pressing needs and opportunities for girls to attain skills for employability.