Oct 11 marks International Day of the Girl Child and World Obesity Day

Q.  What is Oct 11 celebrated as?
- Published on 12 Oct 17

a. International Day of the Girl Child
b. Earth Day
c. World Obesity Day
d. Both a and c
e. All of the above

ANSWER: Both a and c
Oct 11 marks International Day of the Girl Child and World Obesity DayInternational Day of the Girl Child

There are 1.1 billion girls in the world, and every one of them deserves equal opportunities for a better future.

They are a source of energy, power and creativity. They can drive change and help build a better future for all.

Yet, most girls face disadvantage and discrimination on a daily basis, and those living through crises are suffering even more.

On the International Day of the Girl Child, UN commits to investing in skills training and education for girls and livelihood activities for young women around the world who are facing crises. Read moreĀ»

This year, International Day of the Girl (11 October) will focus on the theme, "EmPOWER girls: Before, during and after conflict".

Every 10 minutes, somewhere in the world, an adolescent girl dies as a result of violence. In humanitarian emergencies, gender-based violence often increases, subjecting girls to sexual and physical violence, child marriage, exploitation and trafficking.

Adolescent girls in conflict zones are 90 per cent more likely to be out of school when compared to girls in conflict-free countries, compromising their future prospects for work and financial independence as adults.

Across the world, empowered girls are raising their voices to fight for their rights and protection in all contexts.

They are working to end violence against women and girls, to recognize indigenous rights, and to build peaceful and cohesive communities.

Since 2012, 11 October has been marked as the International Day of the Girl.

The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.

World Obesity Day
  • World Obesity Day is observed globally on 11 October with the view of promoting practical solutions to end the global obesity crisis.
  • It is organised by the World Obesity Federation, a non-profit body which is in official relations with the World Health Organisation and is a collaborating body on the Lancet Commission on Obesity.
  • The first World Obesity Day took place in 2015. The second took place in 2016 and focused on childhood obesity, aligning with the WHO Commission report on Ending Childhood Obesity.
  • World Obesity Day 2017 will be themed "treat obesity now and avoid the consequences later."
  • It will call for investment in treatment services to support people affected by obesity, early intervention to improve the success of treatment, and prevention to reduce the need for treatment.
  • This campaign reached over six million people in 2016.

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