Elimination of Violence Against Women Day

We are passionate about empowering girls and young women, giving them choices and preventing violence against them. Each year on 25th November the UN promotes Elimination of Violence Against Women Day.  This day also sees the start of 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.

We know that physical, sexual, psychological and economic violence towards women is played out across our world in many forms: child marriage, female genital mutilation, trafficking and child sexual exploitation, honour-based violence and domestic abuse. This violence doesn’t respect international borders.  It permeates all cultures and communities throughout the world.

Violence against women violates their basic human rights and is harmful for their health and wellbeing.  The consequences, however, are on a much wider scale. The fight against poverty and HIV is hindered. The persistent narrative of gender inequality is reinforced. These catastrophic consequences in families and communities continue for generations.

Recent UN reports tell us that 35% of women and girls globally experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, and in some countries this rises to seven in ten women.  Globally, that’s more than a third of all women. It's devastating, and we are determined to do something about it.

Did you know?

Across the world, more than 700 million women alive today were married as children.

250 million of these women were married before the age of 15.

Girls who marry before the age of 18 are less likely to complete their education and more likely to experience domestic violence and complications in childbirth (UNICEF). 

We believe preventing child marriage and exploitation begins with education and training.

 

Our Response

Here at Project Girl Code, we are joining with others across the globe to raise awareness of this inequality and to fight for these women as though they are our own sisters, daughters and friends.

We eliminate violence by reaching girls vulnerable to exploitation and give them digital skills in order for them to have sustainable careers.  We want to reach these seven in ten girls and young women and provide them with opportunities to escape the perpetuating cycle of poverty, violence and discrimination.

“[Girls] know that education is their only path to self-sufficiency.  It is their only chance to shape their own fate rather than having the limits of their lives dictated to them by others.” Michelle Obama, Girl Up (UN Foundation website)

The UN are encouraging us all the light up our world with orange as a symbol of hope for women and girls all over the world (#orangetheworld).  Get involved with the 16 days of activism today.

Universal Children's Day

What is Universal Children's Day?

Every year, November 20th sees the international community join together to promote the understanding of children’s human rights and the welfare of children throughout the world. We're passionate about ensuring equality and opportunities for vulnerable children, so we are excited to celebrate Universal Children’s Day.

“This year, I wish to emphasize the importance of ensuring that the commitments made by the international community to the world’s children are extended to a group of children who are often forgotten or overlooked: those deprived of their liberty.”
- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Why is it so important?

The 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child sets out basic human rights for children and has been widely agreed internationally.  The bottom line is that all children have a right to:

  • Life
  • Health
  • Education
  • Play
  • A family life
  • Protection from violence
  • Not discriminated against
  • Have their views heard 

Awareness is essential to promoting rights for children that we often take for granted. Around the world, the reality is very different to ours. We know that millions of children slip under the radar and, as a result, are invisible to the rest of society.  

Girls living in poverty are subject to forced marriages, abuse, lack of education and extreme physical and sexual violence.  UNICEF reports that due to this inequality, violence is documented to be the second leading cause of death amongst adolescent girls. 

 Why Universal Children's Day matters to us...

Here at Project Girl Code, every day is Universal Children’s Day as we strive to ensure that girls of all ages are granted access to these rights through education and technology.  This, in turn, leads to healthier lives and a positive future.

We stand with the United Nations and Ban Ki-moon finding those the rest of the world has forgotten about.  We will therefore be located in areas where girls are regularly exploited.  These disadvantaged girls and young women have an equal right to education. We believe they simply need opportunities presented to them in order to escape the cycle of poverty, violence, corruption, injustice and lack of a sustainable future.

 “Most importantly, girls must be empowered with the knowledge, skills, resources and options they need to reach their potential and serve as their own advocates. “  United Nations Children’s Fund, A Statistical Snapshot of Violence against Adolescent Girls, UNICEF, New York, 2014.)

We begin at grassroots with disadvantaged girls by running IT, digital skills and programming classes.  We work in partnership with non-profit organisations who are already working with the girls to provide a holistic care-centred environment.  In addition, we assist girls and young women in continuing their education and training and encourage them to become educators themselves.  

We celebrate Universal Children’s Day by empowering disadvantaged and vulnerable girls and young women to have long-term, thriving careers in technology.  Our training and education, coupled with ongoing access to the internet and technology, will give these young women the chance to embark on sustainable and future-proof employment.