HAPPY INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL! On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly declared October 11th as the International Day of the Girl, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. In honor of this important day, I have combed the internet for organizations that promote this day as well as inspirational women who are causing change in their communities. I urge you to look through these links and videos as some are incredibly moving.
On October 10th 2014, President Barack Obama joined the movement and proclaimed October 11th as International Day of the Girl in the United States. In his proclamation he states; "On International Day of the Girl, we stand with girls, women, and male and female advocates in every country who are calling for freedom and justice, and we renew our commitment to build a world where all girls feel safe, supported, and encouraged to pursue their own measure of happiness.in an effort to promote gender equality and lift the status of girls and women around the world." To view the rest of his official proclamation, click here.
Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani female education activist who became the youngest ever Nobel Prise recipient in any category at age 17. In October 2012, Malala was shot in the head as she was boarding her school bus by the Taliban. She has since made a full recovery and was featured as one of Time's "100 Most Influential People in the World" in 2013. Her courage to stand up for what she has believed in has inspired many, including myself, to seek gender equality. I highly encourage everyone to watch Malala Yousafzai's Nobel prize speech.
"The Day of the Girl Summit brings girls and girl-serving organizations together to celebrate the International Day of the Girl. The Summit has become a movement; a year-long, action-oriented virtual platform for change makers to leverage community resources in support the advancement of girls’ human rights. This year, thousands more of girls, boys, adults, teachers, leaders, politicians and hundreds more of organizations, will show their support for the celebration of the unique and special role girls play in the world." - dayofthegirlsummit.org
"Girl Up is a campaign of the United Nations Foundation created to give American girls the opportunity to become global leaders and channel their energy and compassion to raise awareness and funds for United Nations programs that help some of the world’s hardest-to-reach adolescent girls" - girlup.org. Click here to watch their YouTube video "Girl Up and you!"
"Girl Rising is a global campaign for girls’ education.We use the power of storytelling to share the simple truth that educating girls can transform societies. Girl Rising unites girls, women, boys and men who believe every girl has the right to go to school and the right to reach her full potential." - girlrising.com. Watch the inspiring Girl Rising Trailer here (it brought me to tears).
Journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn took on the fight to end the oppression of women and girls worldwide in 2009 with their acclaimed best-selling book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Inspired by Kristof and WuDunn’s work, the organization also entitled Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide — was created to work on amplifying the book’s impact. Ignited by a high-profile national television event and fueled by innovative multi-platform initiatives, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide is galvanizing even more people to join the burgeoning movement for change." - halftheskymovement.org. Watch the Half the Sky Trailer here.
"HeForShe is a solidarity movement for gender equality developed by UN Women to engage men and boys as advocates and agents of change for the achievement of gender equality and women’s rights. The campaign encourages them to speak out and take action against inequalities faced by women and girls." - HeforShe.org. For more information about how you can become part of the movement, click here for the He for She Action Kit.
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