In recognition of the challenges faced by girls, in 2011, the United Nations (UN) declared the 11th of October as the International Girl Child Day. This day aims to promote the empowerment of girls, address the needs and challenges the girls face and the fulfillment of their rights.
IPKO Foundation for the fifth consecutive year marked International Girls Child Day with various activities, and this year we were delighted to work alongside our partners such as USAID- ASSET Program, UN Kosovo Team, UNFPA, UNICEF and UN Women, in supporting all girls, amplifying their voices and standing up for their rights.
This year's theme "GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable" focused on highlighting the brave girls and women who are breaking barriers in a dominated single-gender occupation, with particular emphasis on the ICT sector.
Today, girls are moving from dreaming to achieving. More are attending school and gaining the skills they need to excel in the future world of work. Girls are breaking boundaries and barriers posed by stereotypes and exclusion, including those directed at children with disabilities and those living in marginalized communities. International Day of the Girl 2019 brought together partners and stakeholders to equip girls with the power, knowledge, and space to continue to voice their passions and concerns. This day also marked a big step towards fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals, including SDG 5, which calls for the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls, everywhere by 2030.
During this day, 35 young girls (10-18 years old) from 6 municipalities in Kosovo came to Prishtina and took part in 5 immersive workshops related to technology, education, music, and art. In addition, the girls will have the chance to be part of two study-visits, taking place in the Telemedicine Center of Kosovo and at Jaha Solar. There they had the opportunity to observe the every-day work, the effort it takes to run such institutions, and they meet other women with profiles and professions that are traditionally dominated by one gender.
Throughout this day, the girls got the opportunity to meet women with profiles and professions that are mostly dominated by only one gender. These women served as a model for inspiration for the girls, by pushing them to pursue their dreams no matter the limitations.