Dubai Cares is marking “International Day of the Girl Child” by highlighting the gender inequalities that still exist in primary education worldwide and promoting girls’ rights to quality primary education. The United Nations has declared October 11, 2012 as the world's first “International Day of the Girl Child” to raise awareness of the challenges millions of girls around the world face every day.
Recognizing the transformational impact of girls’ education, Dubai Cares is using the “International Day of the Girl Child” to highlight the link between educating girls and reducing child and maternal mortality and improving child nutrition and health. Girls’ education also improves economic productivity of women and creates inter-generational education benefits.
Dubai Cares’ efforts in support of girls’ education have been multi-fold. The UAE-based philanthropic organization has launched several programs to increase girls’ access, enrolment and retention in primary schools in Pakistan with Oxfam GB and Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi; in Sudan with Save the Children, UNICEF and Plan International; and, in Yemen with CARE International, Save the Children and UNICEF.
As part of its role as an advocate and convener on key themes in primary education, Dubai Cares in March 2012 partnered with Plan International to hold “Bridging the Gulf to Girls’ Education”, a two-day roundtable to strengthen the discourse on the importance of girls’ education as an important step in breaking the cycle of poverty. In 2011, Dubai Cares ran “Girls’ Education Campaign”, a fund-raising initiative during the Holy Month of Ramadan to support its programs that empower girls in developing countries by addressing gender imbalances in primary education in their communities.