Oct. 11: Day of the Girl
Today is Day of the Girl, and is devoted to promoting a safer and enthusiastic life for girls full of equal rights and experiences. In 2012, The United Nations declared that Oct. 11 is to be devoted to girls. Their statement:
“Empowerment of and investment in girls are key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence and in promoting and protecting the full and effective enjoyment of their human rights.”
Out of 600 million girls that will enter the workforce in the next decade, 90 percent who live in developing countries will work within jobs with abuse, low pay, and exploitation.
“The Day of the Girl is to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential,” said the Day of the Girl foundation.
Yemen Humanitarian Crisis
Famine, chaos, and bombings are taking over Yemen as you read this sentence, and have been for four years. Years of war have left 22 million people in need of aid and 130 children dead each day. One third of bomb targets in the war are non-military, including schools, clinics, hospitals, and homes. Many Americans are unaware of this issue, and do not know that in 2017, the United States gave $667.5 million to Yemen for humanitarian aid. Concurrently, United States corporations also sent $17.86 billion worth of military equipment and training to Saudi Arabia to fuel the war.
With hurricane season beginning on June 1, the Atlantic coast has been preparing for power outages, flooding, and infrastructure damage. They received all three. North and South Carolina were hit by Hurricane Florence starting on Sept. 5, leaving behind $22 billion worth of damage. Since 2008, this year’s hurricane season was the first to have four hurricanes in action simultaneously, including hurricanes Florence, Joyce, Helene, and Isaac. The hurricane season is expected to end on Nov. 5.