Auhtor: Olivera Z. Mijuskovic, philosopher and bioethicist
Today I received the mail from Melissa Kilby, Director of the project Girl Up which is the part of the United Nations Foundation. They ask all their members for recommendation of the girl hero (#GIRLHERO). I didn`t have doubts at all, and I recommend Maria, the girl from Mexico.I repeatedly wrote about she in The Guardian, Philosophical Views, and here on Carnegie Council Global Ethics Network. She is a wonderful example to all young people around the world how kindness and hard work makes people better and nobler.
But, this story about the International Day of the Girl would be nice to move on the story of the children and the girls who are away from their homes. According to the data of the project Girl Up "there are 65 million people who have been displaced around the world. 50% of them are under the age of 18. Without school, refugee girls are more vulnerable to early marriage, human trafficking, and child labor. This year, Girl Up is working with the United Nations Refugee Agency in Uganda and Ethiopia to help bring education to girl refugees."(Source: http://girlup.org/girlhero/)
Also, attention should be paid to the right to education of refugees. These`re the official data:
There are more than 65 million people who have been forced from their homes worldwide. Girls who leave from their homes are often the most vulnerable and are the least likely to be in school. The U.S. government can play a critical role in ensuring all girls have access to education.
Poverty and conflict result are resulting in millions of families fleeing their homes. And with prolonged conflicts in Syria and South Sudan, the refugee crisis is more urgent now than ever before. School enrollment among refugee children is much lower than the global average. Refugee students often have no schools nearby to attend, and schools that accept refugees struggle with a lack of learning materials, overcrowded classes, and language barriers.
Refugee girls who are not in school are especially vulnerable to early marriage, human trafficking, and child labor. The U.S. should work to ensure all girls who have been forced to flee from their homes can still continue their education. (Source:https://girlup.org/take-action/education-for-vulnerable-girls/)
And Aristotle said that the purpose of the state is to educate the people -- to make them virtuous. Virtue is the life principle of the state. The goal of the state is to educate with a view toward its own institutions (to preserve them) (179, Davidson).
Let`s make the rights of girls be universal rights that will make this world a better and safer place for all people.