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  • Writer's pictureMr. Raza Abbas, Pakistan

UN International Day of the Girl Child - 11 October SDGs 5 & 10

Updated: Oct 11, 2023

2023 Theme: "Invest in Girls' Rights: Our Leadership, Our Well-being"

"Women and girls can lead us to a fairer future...let us amplify girls’ voices, and recommit to working together to build a world where every girl can lead and thrive." ~UN Secretary-General António Guterres

October 11 is celebrated as International Day of the Girl Child | by the United NationsAs career scholars and career practitioners, our role is important in enlightening and empowering girls, especially in the COVID pandemic and rural areas, access to digital opportunities and enabling girls to become technology trailblazer!

Here are some guiding questions to start the career conversation:

1) Which career & digital literacy resources can we provide to girls in rural areas?

2) How proactive are we in forming alliances with community mobilizers and technology companies for rural areas so that the gender digital divide in connectivity, devices and use, skills, and jobs are more accessible to girls?

3) What are some of the innovative ways we can educate girls in providing digital literacy?

4) To ensure access we as career professionals require flexibility; how often do we offer sessions for girls in rural areas on social media, digital marketing, blogging, and developing YouTube videos?

5) Possible career pathways for girls:

Digital Educator, Trainer, Blogger, YouTuber, Entrepreneur

As an entry point, we humbly request a commitment from the corporate sector and technology and digital companies to invest in corporate social responsibility, education, and digital literacy programs, ensuring greater access for girls in rural areas.

Note by Blog Master: Digital Careers include Software Designer/Programmer. Computer Information Systems, Cyber Security (the career of my college roommate)



Roberta Borgen
Roberta Borgen

Thanks, Raza, for highlighting the importance of enhancing digital literacy - it's one of the big employability skills globally and essential for all. I particularly appreciated your suggestions to use technology to teach technology, reaching girls in rural and remote areas.


Beth InterLangua
Beth InterLangua

This honorable day is a long time coming for the Girl Child. Why has it taken so long for the importance of girls to the world is recognized? Perhaps because the nature of the girl is to contemplate with curiosity, explore with wit and imagination, and go far in the world through relationships that endure the centuries. All Girl Childs, take a bow on this world stage day to honor your light.

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