International Day of the Girl Child 2012

October 10, 2012 - October 11, 2012

World Wide

Stimulating Conversations on Early Marriage and Teenage Pregnancies using Social Media

The world will observe the first International Day of the Girl Child on the 11th October 2012 with the theme, “Too Young to Marry: End Child Marriages and Teenage Pregnancy”. In commemorating the inaugural day UNFPA has organized a “Tweet-up”- an informal meeting of people who tweet (referred to as Tweeps) to discuss issues of concern on the girl child with the discussions being tweeted live. The topic of discussion for the tweet-up topic of discussion is: “What should be done to address child marriage and teenage pregnancies in Uganda?”

The tweet-up will feature panelists from Government (Ministry of Gender), UNICEF and UNFPA, with each presenting their perspectives on the issue. Invitations have also been extended to several social media enthusiasts in the country including our special selection of the most active participants on our social media platform Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/unfpaug). The tweet-up/discussion shall begin at 2.30pm on 10th October 2012, the eve of the International Day of the Girl Child using the hash tag (#girlchild). A number of bloggers have also been invited to blog on the issue of child marriage and teenage pregnancy, with one Esther Nasikye already featuring a story “I am not a girl and not yet a woman”.

Child marriage denies a girl of her childhood, disrupts her education, limits her opportunities, increases her risk of violence and abuse, and jeopardizes her health. Globally, more than one in three young women aged 20-24 years were first married before they reached age 18. One third of them entered into marriage before they turned 15. In Uganda 49% of girls are married by the age of 18. Child marriage results in early and unwanted pregnancies, posing life-threatening risks for girls.

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