International Day of the Teenager girls alarming
by Roni Alasor
Brussels, 11 Oct 2018 - Middle East Diplomatic - 11 October has been marked since 2012 as the International Day of the Girl. The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls` empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.
While most of the teenagers in Europe living in welfare and bowled by high tech and expensive fashion, around 1 billion young boys and girls 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. 600 million of those 1 billion are teenager girls who has not a safe future.
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.
The statement from UN Secretary-General António Guterres is confirmig the conditions children are living in without to put the finger in the real problems: “On this International Day of the Girl, let us recommit to supporting every girl to develop her skills, enter the workforce on equal terms and reach her full potential”.
According the United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA), for many girls in developing countries, the mere onset of puberty that occurs during adolescence “marks a time of heightened vulnerability-to leaving school, child marriage, early pregnancy, HIV, sexual exploitation, coercion and violence. Adolescent girls are less likely than older women to access sexual and reproductive health care, including modern contraception and skilled assistance during pregnancy and childbirth”.