The theme of International Day of the Girl Child this year is “Invest in Girls”

“Girls around the world, and most especially girls with disabilities continue to face unprecedented challenges to their education, their physical and mental wellness, and the protections needed for a life without violence. They face additional barriers to accessing support and services.” (UN)

These leads to the need to advocate for the rights of girls. There is a range of movements and actions to curtail girls’ and women’s right and roll back progress on gender equality, we see its impact on girls and particularly, girls with disabilities.

From maternal health care and parenting support for adolescent mothers, to digital and life skills training; from comprehensive sexuality education to survivor support services and violence prevention programmes; there is an urgent need for increased attention and resourcing for the key areas that enable girls to realize their rights and full potential.

There is a call for government officials, policymakers, and stakeholders to make more targeted investments that tackle inequalities experienced by girls, engaging key female influencers across industries to be the face of change and amplifying the commitment to raise awareness about and addressing factors that hold girls in your country and region back.

“Girls are ready for a decade of acceleration forward. It is time for us all to stand accountable – with and for girls – and to invest in a future that believes in their agency, leadership, and potential” (UN)  

Mental health is a fundamental component of overall well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act, influencing our ability to cope with stress, relate to others, and make choices.

The theme for this year is “Mental Health is a universal human right”

Statistics from WHO states that more than 700,000 people commit suicides each year due to stress or depression. World Mental Health Day highlights how stigma and discrimination play a part against those who suffer. It calls for social inclusion and every person’s right to receive proper care.

Recognizing the importance of mental health is not just a matter of personal well-being; it is a societal concern. Mental health issues impact individuals, families, workplace, and communities, leading to consequences that extend far beyond the individual.

White Cane Day is celebrated annually in October to raise awareness about the courtesy rules of blindness and to promote accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities.

Learn how to interact with blind people in a respectful and inclusive way, and how to support their independence and mobility.

White Cane Day also celebrates the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired, and the important symbol of blindness and tool of independence, which is the white cane.

A white cane is a device used by many people who are blind or visually impaired. It is significant to every blind person, his family, and the well-being of the community, nation, and human race. It allows it’s users to scan their surroundings for obstacles or orientation marks, and helps onlookers in identifying the user as blind or visually impaired and taking appropriate care.

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