An Open Letter to 112th Congress

The girls of the world need your support.

Girls face exceptional challenges every day. They deal with pressures and barriers that are unique to them, based solely on their gender and age. The Day of the Girl campaign has a singular mission: help girls join and lead the conversations and decision-making about their futures. We need your support so girls can achieve the equality they deserve.

  • More than 80 percent of the world’s 35 million refugees are women and children
  • More than 110 million of the world’s children, two-thirds of them girls, are not in school
  • At least one in every three women is a survivor of some form of gender-based violence, frequently inflicted by a family member
  • Women represent, on average, less than 10 percent of the seats in national parliaments
  • In sub-Saharan Africa, 58 percent of persons infected with HIV/AIDS are women
  • 82 million girls in developing countries who are now aged 10-17 will be married before their 18th birthday
  • Worldwide, some 14 million 15-to-19-year-old girls give birth each year; about one in every 13 girls between the ages of 15 and 19 in the United States become pregnant each year
  • Girls aged 15-19 are twice as likely to die in childbirth as those in their 20s
  • Nearly 50 percent of sexual assaults worldwide are against girls aged 15 years or younger

Girls deserve better.

September 22 will mark the launch of a year-long campaign to raise awareness, connect activist girls with one another, and develop action plans to create change on the issues that matter to girls, from access to education opportunities to programs designed to educate girls and their allies about negative media images, violence, discriminatory work practices and international issues like forced child marriage. Through an extensive grassroots network of women’s organizations, civil and human rights groups, and youth outreach partnerships, we are committed to reaching thousands of girls with the message that their future is up to them.

The Day of the Girl is also an active campaign in Canada and at the United Nations, where delegates will consider a resolution later this year to establish an international Day of the Girl. India and Bangladesh already recognize a similar day. We hope this year-long effort will culminate with a Presidential Proclamation claiming a day for American girls.

We urge you to demonstrate your commitment to gender equity by supporting the Day of the Girl. We need your support to give girls what they deserve: the opportunity to exceed even their own expectations.

To support the day of the girl, email or complete our online endorsement form.

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