On December 19, 2011, the UN declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl to raise awareness about all issues concerning gender inequality around the world. It’s a day when activist groups come together under the same goal to highlight, discuss, and take action to advance rights and opportunities for girls everywhere. This year, the theme is "EmPOWER girls: Before, During and after conflict."
Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, says that, "The empowerment of girls and women is the new frontier for human rights in the 21stcentury. I believe that development is not sustainable if it is unequal. This is why we must do far more together to uphold the human rights and potential of every girl and women."
We agree wholeheartedly with this statement. Anchal has been an advocate of girl's rights since it's inception in 2010 and we've learned that supporting women is one of the best ways to simultaneously support girls. Anchal artisans currently earn 30%-50% more than they did prior to joining Anchal, and are 90% more likely than men to invest their income back into areas integral to India's development such as education, food and medicine creating more opportunities for the next generation and closing the gap between gender equality.
“They are able to spend more on their families. They can invest in their children’s education and increasing the opportunities for the next generation.” – Anchal Artisan Durga
Will you join us on the International Day of the Girl Child, and commit to investing in skills training and education for girls and young women around the world? These girls are future leaders who will use the skills that they develop today to empower their communities, and create a stronger future for themselves and their families.
Act with Anchal through a donation to our holistic program. No action is too small.