11th of October: International Day of the Girl Child

In case you haven’t heard, today is  International Day of the Girl Child and this year’s theme is Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence (As a side note, I fully support empowering adolescent girls – actually people of any gender and age – and ending the cycle of violence…I’m just not entirely convinced about the presentation of this theme as if empowering adolescent girls was THE one and only element necessary to end the cycle of violence. I mean what about, for example, working with boys and men, ending impunity for violence, or addressing child abuse…?)

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Source: Plan.org.au

Anyway, today is, regardless, a day worth celebrating and generating debate around so here are a few, very different, articles to get us all thinking:

* In his post, “Why I HATE Malala Yousafzai,” Kunwar Khuldune Shahid poses some strong thoughts that may get you thinking about why an International Day of the Girl Child is so needed. And, if he hated her last year, I can only imagine how he must feel now that she’s a Nobel Peace Prize winner.

* And, for something completely different, here’s an article of 21 interesting – and important – things to know about the clitoris, because all girls deserve to understand, appreciate and celebrate their own bodies!

* And, along that line of thought, two New York teenage girls have created a video game about tampons. I don’t really care if it’s a good game or not – it’s awesome that they decided to take on a theme that is so nonsensically taboo.

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