International Day of the Girl
October 11 is International Day of the Girl and this year's theme is "Digital Generation. Our generation."
Why focus on the digital divide? Because 1.1 billion people under the age of 25 still don't have internet access at home and girls are more likely to be cut off from these accelerated digital platforms necessary for learning, earning, and connecting. In fact, the gender gap for global internet users grew from 11% in 2013 to 17% in 2019. In the world's least developed countries, it hovers around 43%.
As Unicef explains, "Girls are also less likely than boys to use and own devices, and gain access to tech-related skills and jobs. Only by addressing the inequity and exclusion that span geographies and generations can we usher in a digital revolution for all, with all."
At LearningRx, we strive to break down the stereotypes about gender and the brain, including the fact that boys are better at math (false), that concussions affect boys and girls the same way (false), and that ADHD manifests in the same symptoms in boys as in girls (also false). To learn more about the myths of learning disabilities, visit our article on the topic.
To learn more about International Day of the Girl, visit https://www.unicef.org/gender-equality/international-day-girl-2021.