Girls take less care of themselves

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This is the conclusion of many researches conducted in developing countries, and said on the International Day of the Girl Child last week, on October 11.

 

„There is nothing more important than being informed. It gives us a freedom of choice. Sexual education is necessary for an independent life of the adult. I had the opportunity to learn this from my mother, and from my volunteering in the Youth friendly health centre Neovita. I was really lucky. I am lucky that I had that opportunity”. This is a message from 16-year-old Olga Bostan, a volunteer from Moldova, on the occasion of October 11, the International Day of the Girl Child. The message was transmitted to the official webpage of the World Health Organization, which is dedicating an enormous attention to the health and sexual education to both boys and girls.

And besides this fact, the researches show that, in the developing countries, the girls have less knowledge in how to take care of themselves and their health rather than the boys.

Providing health education (including sexual and reproductive) is an effective strategy for the health of the girls everywhere in the world. One of the most important benefits is that the aware and educated girls will rarely be an object of child marriages and early pregnancies. Furthermore, this education helps in the reduction of mortality, fertility and intergenerational poverty. Or, simply put, the educated young women have smaller families and healthier children.

 

A message from Ban Ki-Moon, a general secretary of the United Nations:

As a result, the first initiative for a Global Education was launched, which has an aim to accelerate the process of every child having an access to education, i.e. every child to be enrolled in school. Especially the girls.

„ We are aiming to teach more than reading and counting; we are striving to raise global citizens who can rise to the complex challenges of the 21st century. To achieve meaningful results, we need fresh solutions to girls’ education challenges and we must heed the voices of young people”, is said in the addressing of the General Secretary of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon.

The campaign goes in the direction of achieving the millennium development goals until 2015, and there must be a shaped vision after that, which will emphasize the main worries regarding the education of all the girls in the world.

You can read more about the speech of the General Secretary here:

http://www.un.org/en/events/girlchild/2013/sgmessage.shtml

 

 

Facts

More than 30% of the girls in the development countries get married before they are 18 years old. Around 14% get married before they turn 15. The early marriage is a risk factor for early pregnancies, which results with a very poor reproductive health.

You can find more facts on this subject here:

http://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/topics/adolescence/dayofgirl_msgs/en/index.html

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