In December 2011, the United Nations declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child.
The U.N. saw the need to recognize young girls’ rights and challenges globally – encouraging communities around the world to commit to realizing their potential. Eradication of poverty and involving girls in decisions that affect them are vital aspects of breaking the cycle of violence and discrimination, and ensuring the rights of all young women.
Convoy of Hope believes in the empowerment of young girls, and is proud to be committed to the mission of empowering women and eradicating childhood poverty.
Convoy of Hope currently feeds nearly 150,000 children in 10 countries. Through the Children’s Feeding Initiative, they have access to clean water and nutritious meals, giving them energy to engage at school.
Convoy of Hope’s Women’s Empowerment program is active in six countries. The program exists to empower women to make strategic, independent life choices through training, savings groups and non-traditional micro-enterprise development.
“To break the cycle of malnutrition and poverty, we have to reach younger girls,” says Andrea Frey Metzger, program director for Latin America. “If we don’t, they become a part of the same cycle that wronged them.”
We are breaking that cycle through our Empowered Girls Initiative, which brings educational programs to schools and communities. Topics covered in these sessions include self-esteem, gender-based violence and harmful cultural beliefs and practices.
Convoy partners with girls from a young age because we believe these girls will one day grow up to become contributing members of their societies and leaders of their communities.