Kids Corner: Call To Empower The Girl Child | Hannah Varghese

The UN General Assembly, on December 19, 2011, declared October 11 as International Day of
the Girl Child, which has been a poignant reminder of the need to address the challenges girls
face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights, thus reflecting
the Christian belief that every individual is a unique creation.
The Bible has always advocated for the vulnerable, which includes girls who might be subjected
to discrimination, injustice, or limited chances to prosper. If we delve deep into the word of God
to understand how precious and irreplaceable each one of us is for the God Almighty (Genesis
1:26–28; Exodus 20:13; Psalm 127:3; Psalm 139:13–15; Jeremiah 1:5; Matthew 18:1–6), each
of these verses echoes about our responsibility to ensure that children thrive in a safe,
supportive, and egalitarian environment.
Out of all, education is a great tool for empowerment, and it accords with the Christian concept
of pursuing knowledge and wisdom. Christian parents and the church play significant roles in
the upbringing of a girl child. Enabling environments, mentorship by older women, and
involvement in religious activities can help reinforce our biblical teachings. Even in the 21st
century, some churches often fail to emphasise that girls have unique gifts and callings from
God and to identify the potential of the girl child. Encouraging girls to participate in their spiritual
realm guided by biblical principles and values can empower them to use their talents for the
service of God.
I would urge each one of us to use this day to reflect on the progress made in promoting our
youth’s spiritual growth, especially for girls, and to renew our commitment to empowering them
to reach their full potential.



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