Nearly 50 % of all sexual assaults, worldwide, are on girls under the age of 15 years. One out of every two girls in India becomes a child bride. Girls who are married young are more likely to face violence, abuse and exposure to Sexually Transmitted Diseases. And these are just some of the startling facts surrounding the Girl Child today.
Welcome to the Girl Pledge. Our first step in making this world a gender-equal space.
The power of a pledge can never be under-estimated. Nations have transformed and revolutions have happened. And often, it all began with a simple pledge. Hand to heart and the collective commitment of millions of people has its own role in a huge socio-cultural revolution.
When millions of pledges convert into a lifetime of actions and attitudinal changes, the life of girl children all over the world will begin to change. Forever.
In this campaign, I am pledging for the Right of every Girl Child to:
Founded in 1981 by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, The Art of Living is an educational and humanitarian movement engaged in stress-management and service initiatives. The organization operates globally in 152 countries and has touched the lives of over 370 million people. The organisation's programs are guided by Sri Sri's philosophy of peace: "Unless we have a stress-free mind and a violence-free society, we cannot achieve world peace. This movement has spread peace across communities through diverse humanitarian projects, including conflict resolution, child protection, disaster relief, sustainable rural development, empowerment of women, prisoner rehabilitation, education for all and environmental sustainability. For more details see: www.artofliving.org.
Volunteer for a Better India is an initiative of The Art of Living inspiring citizens of India to give 'One Hour to the Nation' and make community service a way of life.
UNICEF has been working in India since 1949. The largest UN organisation in the country, UNICEF is fully committed to working with the Government of India to ensure that each child born in this vast and complex country gets the best start in life, thrives and develops to his or her full potential. The organisation uses quality research and data to understand issues, implements new and innovative interventions that address the situation of children, and works with partners to bring those innovations to fruitition.www.unicef.org
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