October 11th marks the International Day of the Girl Child, a day that aims to shed light on the needs and challenges girls face, as well as raising awareness of their rights as children and promoting their empowerment.
Today on October 11, Save the Children is celebrating the International Day of the Girl with millions of girls around the globe by sharing a story of a family who believed in supporting and empowering girls. Basmala*, twelve, and Habiba*, fifteen, are two sisters who joined Save the Children’s Speak Up campaign in Egypt, which aims to combat sexual harassment of adolescent girls in urban settings. They participated in skills building sessions on this issue which affects many girls in Egypt, and are involved in one of the campaign’s youth-led initiatives, where adolescents and youth design and lead actions to promote access to protections on sexual harassment and to raise awareness of reporting mechanisms for adolescent girls.
To mark World Mental Health Day on October 10th, Save the Children is supporting WHO’s awareness raising campaign about depression, with the theme #LetsTalk. Children often do go through periods of sadness, and children experiencing depression require more attention. To commemorate this day, Save the Children is emphasizing the importance of seeking help.
5 year old Shahd* and her sister Marah*, 13, came to Egypt from Syria with their family nearly three years ago. Both girls now attend Save the Children’s child friendly space where they have become talkative again and are always excited to visit the Center and play with their friends.
Universal Children’s Day is marked every year on the 20th of November. To commemorate this important celebration of children’s rights across the world, Save the Children has produced this short video showing the positive impact our child friendly spaces are having on children in Egypt.