"But millions of vulnerable girls will continue to be at risk unless child marriage is tackled head on", Helle Thorning-Schmidt, The Head of Children the Children charity said.
Just in case you weren't already aware from your Twitter feeds, today is International Day of the Girl (IDG). Parents and communities must see their daughters as assets - as individuals capable of standing on their feet and contributing to society, and not as burdens to be married in haste. We have to ease the financial burden on parents so that girls complete their education and take steps to fulfill their potential in their society and achieve their aspirations.
Millions of these 1.1 billion girls are denied opportunities and subjected to discrimination and violence, particularly those living in emergency situations.
This year's theme is "EmPOWER girls: Before, during and after conflict" and focuses on those girls in humanitarian situations around the world that need their voices to be heard now more than ever.
"As a sportsperson, I believe gender doesn't matter", Mithali Raj said.
The World Bank reported ending child marriage would increase the educational achievements and earning of girls and reduce population growth.
The Valedictory Address was delivered by Sh. The event also featured a sign language performance of the Pakistani national anthem by students of the United States Agency for International Development supported Anjuman Nawjawanan Charsadda.
October 11 marks the annual Day of the girl, which is about the empowerment of girls and creating equality for them. But unlike many much more lighthearted worldwide days (croissant day, library lovers' day, be a millionaire day.) this day has the fulfilment of young girls' human rights at its forefront.
The report outlined the difficulty in enforcing anti-child marriage laws because of community traditions and religious customs.