It's time to talk about the girls: International Day of the Girl Child


    Compassion Australia have decided to walk a fine line in their latest edition of the Compassion Magazine. It’s the line between horror and hope.

    Compassion is committed to telling stories of hope and life in their programs, but to acknowledge International Day of the Girl Child on 11 October, they feel it’s necessary to first address the darkness that threatens some of the world’s most vulnerable. Every day, thousands of girls and women around the world will be assaulted, abused, discriminated against, neglected and denied their rights. Often, this will happen for no other reason than the fact that they are female.

    “I never thought I would be writing a Compassion Magazine with a warning on the cover,” says the magazine’s editor Richard Miller.

    “Every Compassion assisted child—regardless of gender—is known, loved and protected, and we try to focus on their joy and hope. But in this edition we felt it necessary to address some of the difficulties girls living in poverty face every day. The stories in the magazine are raw and confronting, but they’re true, and we believe they must be told. It’s time to talk about the girls.”


    Children living in poverty are among the most vulnerable people on the planet. Trafficking, sexual assault, child marriage, female genital mutilation, and the denial of education are among the issues facing girls today and are featured in the magazine.

    Media commentator, blogger and advocate for women, Melinda Tankard Reist, believes that the issues facing women are concerning for all.

    “These insidious challenges are not just ‘girls’ issues’ or ‘women’s problems’,” says Melinda.

    “They affect all who have a stake in the future of our society.”

    Compassion Magazine is available by calling 1300 22 44 53 or emailing

    Media Kit: 
    Magazine cover: here
    Cover image: here
    Richard Miller: here

    Contact Details: For interviews with Richard Miller, please contact Berlinda Fortin, Compassion Australia Media Specialist: T: 02 4935 5000 ext. 1238 M: 0437 220 128 or E:

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