11 October is the International Day of the Girl Child. Not “Girl,” but “Girl Child.” It was first celebrated only three years ago in 2012, after campaigning by Plan International and Canada.
This is my campaign to drop the “child.” Yes, there are far more important issues. All of them. For example, less than half of countries have achieved gender parity in education. Big problem. But, none appeals more to my pedantic-ness than this odd compound noun.
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By Brendan Rigby & Tobias Denskus
Under the headline “Violinist to volunteer: Medecins Sans Frontieres work in war-torn Africa life-changing for Adelaide nurse” Brett Williamson wrote a questionable piece of humanitarian journalism for Australia’s ABC News.
It is so bad it can almost serve as a template for journalism students on how not to write a piece on humanitarian aid and international development.
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