Learn with Lena: International Day of the Girl Child

International Day of the Girl Child October 11 2021

Like every year, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will celebrate International Day of the Girl Child on 11 October. The day is dedicated to the growth of girls around the world.  The celebration is a way to reaffirm its pledge to promote the progress of girls and safeguard their rights.

The core objective is to make girls an active part of the progress of the world.

This year, the theme has been set as “Digital generation. Our generation” The focus is on bridging the digital divide.

UNICEF calculates that as many as 2.2 billion people under the age of 25 to not have access to the internet in their homes and girls are least likely to have access! As librarian I know what access to internet means for access to knowledge. An quick and easy way to accurate and updated information!

Here some facts about digital divide. Did you know?

The girl that made an unforgettable impression to us was Malala and her strong engagement for education and development for girls.

How can we learn more?

Yousafzai, Malala. Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World 2016. – ISBN: 9780316327916

Human Rights Watch

We are all aware or Human Rights Watch that all the important reports and videos that NGO has published and one of their focus areas is Rights of the Child. Today the focus is children’s rights in Afghanistan and girls’ rights.

Books available at the library at Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights.

Walsh, Kieran. – The development of child protection law and policy: children, risk and modernities / Kieran Walsh .. – 2020- ISBN: 9780367276317

The first pages of the books begin with cases, legal instruments and list of publications. All very useful for students and researchers. I agree when it’s states that ‘the ‘book will be a valuable resource for all those with an interest in the development of child protection law’.
From the publisher:

‘The book traces the evolution of the contemporary child protection system through historical changes, assessing the factors that have influenced the development of legal responses to abuse over a 130-year period. The work draws on a wide range of primary and secondary sources including legislation, case law and official and media reports of child protection inquiries. It also utilises insights developed through an extensive examination of parliamentary debates on child protection matters’.

Peleg, Noam, The child’s right to development / Noam Peleg, University College London.. – 2019. – ISBN: 9781107094529

‘The Child’s Right to Development’ is structured in five chapters. The introductory chapter sets the scene and outlines the proposed new framework, which the author suggests will provide a ‘common language and shared knowledge’ to understand the complexity of the concept of child development and will contribute to concretising it in human rights terms.

Willems, Jan C.M.. – Developmental and autonomy rights of children/  . – 2008. – ISBN: 978-90-5095-726-7

The emancipation of the young child and the rehabilitation and emancipation of the deprived, exploited, abused and neglected child remain in a legal shadow land. This book intends to explore this shadow land. It introduces the concepts different concepts to shed light on the obligations and responsibilities of states and other actors in the empowerment of children, caregivers, and communities. Its authors hope to serve the field of human rights and family and child studies, and all related fields.

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