On 19 December 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to establish 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child.

This special day encourages us to recognise girls’ rights and the unique challenges faced by girls around the world. It focuses attention on the need to address the many barriers girls overcome, while simultaneously promoting female empowerment.

Did you know that worldwide, almost one in four girls aged 15-19 years is neither employed nor in education or training? This compares to one in ten boys of the same age.

It is estimated that approximately 435 million girls and women are currently living on less than £1.40 a day. This includes the 47 million females who have been pushed into poverty as a result of the pandemic.

At least 60% of countries also continue to discriminate against their daughters’ rights to inherit land and other assets.

The International Day of the Girl Child advocates for girls and young women to have the right to a safe, healthy, and educated life. When they are effectively supported through their adolescent years, girls have the potential to change the world. Both as the empowered girls of today, and as the workers, entrepreneurs, mothers, mentors, and leaders of tomorrow.

A recent UNICEF report, A New Era for Girls, set out the progress that has been made for women’s rights over the last 25 years. 

Today, the world is home to more than 1.1 billion girls aged 18 or under. They are living longer lives than they were a quarter of a century ago, and they are poised to become the biggest generation of female leaders, entrepreneurs, and change-makers.

AlphaBiolabs offers baby gender testing, so you can find out whether you’re expecting your own girl (or boy!) child. We also provide a range of DNA relationship tests including sibling testing, aunt testing and maternity testing.

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