Bolivia Jointly Celebrates Women's Day and International Day of the Girl Child on 11 October


Beginning in 2012, Bolivia will celebrate International Day of the Girl Child each year on October 11, the same day on which Bolivia also celebrates Bolivian Women's Day (Bolivia also celebrates International Women's Day on March 8).


International Day of the Girl Child was sanctioned by the United Nations General Assembly on 19 December 2011, and October 11, 2012 is the first time this event will be celebrated throughout the world. The theme for 2012 is "Ending Child Marriage". Read more about International Day of the Girl Child on the United Nations website.

According to information posted on the UNICEF Bolivia Facebook page, in Bolivia adolescents represent 23% of Bolivia's total population. Most adolescents and young people (68% of the 10-19 year old population) live in four cities: Santa Cruz, El Alto, La Paz, and Cochabamba. Of these, 50% are young women. International Day of the Girl Child is a celebration of the progress made in promoting the rights of girls and an acknowledgment of the work that remains to be done in order to eliminate gender inequality between boys and girls.

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