October 11th is the United Nation's International Day of the Girl Child, a day to promote awareness of girls' human rights, to highlight that gender inequalities remain between girls and boys and to address the various forms of discrimination and abuse suffered by girls around the world.
In the world's poorest communities it is women and girl children who suffer the worst from poverty. They are often the last to eat and the first to be made to stay at home to look after younger siblings while their parents work.
Despite rapid economic progress, violence against women remains widespread in Vietnam, particularly in the family context. In 2012 a National Study on Domestic Violence, showed that one in three Vietnamese women face domestic abuse. Similarly, one in three Mongolian girls will experience domestic or sexual violence at some point in their lives, while over half of working Mongolian women experience sexual discrimination in the work place.
Improving education for girls is a critical step towards ending gender-based discrimination and breaking the cycle of poverty. Our Foundation works with young girls to ensure they are given a fair chance. Our programmes are designed to support our children in going to school, to keep them healthy and to build positive change by providing for sustainable development.
International Day of the Girl reminds us that we can make a difference and build a better world for our girl children. A world in which all children, irrespective of gender, can live free from violence and with respect and dignity. Join with us and pledge now. Your donations count and can make a real difference.
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