On the 11th of October, the girl child is celebrated to promote her position in society.

However, there are various challenges faced by the girl child in today’s society.

Irrespective of creed, caste, social status or country of origin, the overall status of the girl child has been wrongly perceived as inferior to their boy counterparts.

Every day, girls around the world are faced with challenges that limit their opportunities, deny them basic rights and prevent them from realising their full potential.

“We want the government to prioritise sanitary ware and not free condoms,” said one girl in Harare.

One of the many challenges facing the girl child is forced early marriage, which is a violation of girls’ rights and a major barrier to a girl’s education.

However, while some are forced into marriages by parents or guardians, circumstances are also forcing some tertiary students into what has been dubbed semester marriages.

“Due to poverty most of the girls cannot accommodation fees and they end up being married for that semester,” said one student.

The girl child, like her boy counterpart, is the future and it is the responsibility of adults to protect them and ensure that they get the best footing in life.