The United Nations’ International Day of the Girl was on 11 October and this year’s theme is “With Her: A Skilled Workforce”.
This UN Day marks the start of a year-long effort to bring together partners and stakeholders to advocate for, and draw attention and investments to, the most pressing needs and opportunities for girls to attain skills for employability.
With the world of work being continuously transformed by innovation, change and automation, today’s generation of girls need to be tech savvy and flexible with career options. Educated and skilled workers are in great demand, but roughly a quarter of young people – most of them female – are currently neither employed or in education and training.
Working alongside all girls
The UN will work alongside all girls to expand existing learning opportunities, chart new pathways and call on the global community to rethink how to prepare today’s girls for a successful transition into the world of work.
Of the one billion young people – including 600 million adolescent girls – that will enter the workforce in the next decade, more than 90 per cent of those living in developing countries will work in the informal sector, where low or no pay, abuse and exploitation are common.
SAGE is proud to be part of the global community helping to shine a light on and empower girls and women in STEMM.
We look forward to profiling many of the national and international activities that are ongoing or planned by our SAGE members. If you would like to share what your institution is doing to celebrate girls, please send information or web links to Deborah Sippitts, Communications Manager via email firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you!