Day of the Girl Launches Campaigns for Day of Action
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, October 11 2016
Name: Eliana Stanislawski
Day of the Girl is here. What are you going to do about it?
We know what we are doing. In honor of this year’s Day of the Girl, we are launching two new campaigns. Our movement continues to be 100% youth-led and these projects will follow that lead.
These projects were developed as a direct result of experiences had by members of the Day of the Girl-US Action Team. Three of our members have shared their stories about why these campaigns are important to them on The F-Bomb, a blog/community created by and for teen and college-aged individuals who care about their rights and want to be heard and a partner of the Women’s Media Center.
“In Solidarity” is a new campaign developed to address sexual assault and harassment within schools. The campaign aims to provide young girls with the opportunity to address these issues within their schools and approach their administration and faculty in order to work to create a safe environment in the schools. Day of the Girl-US is happy to announce that a toolkit has been developed for students looking to take action for this cause within their school. The toolkit includes a description of students’ rights according to Title IX and their relation to assault and harassment, instructions for how to present your plans to administration in order to make them aware of the need for prevention, and how to organize a faculty training session on the role they may play. This campaign is being led by action team member Blythe Drucker. For more information she can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about this project, go here!
“Menstruations Stations” are a movement developed by the Action Team because we feel that the taboo around menstruation has not received nearly as much attention as it deserves. Young people everywhere are slowly getting fed up with being ostracized for speaking out about a completely natural process which has become part of their lives once a month. That’s why Day of the Girl-US wants to make menstruation products accessible at schools across the country through the implementation of “menstruation stations”--anything from a machine to a jar which holds free tampons and pads for those who might need them. Through this campaign, the organization hopes to kick off a conversation around periods and break the long-standing stigmatization of periods which has been present for far too long. The campaign is currently being led by action team member Hannah Hildebolt. For more information she can be contacted at email@example.com. To learn more about this project, go here!
Finally, our Sexual Education Reform campaign continues under the new title of "Truth-Only Sex Ed!" The objective of this project is to get girls to transform their health curriculums in their respective school communities, and eventually, have practically every region’s health curriculums revamped. We plan on doing this by having girls who live in the same local area work together and individually target their school officials. We are also looking forward to collaborating with other organizations that could assist youth activists in this project, along with helping these organizations with acts or bills that they are attempting to pass that pertain to the improvement of sexual education. For any young activists that want to reform their sexual education curriculum, please reach out to Christina Wang at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about this project, go here!
These three campaigns are the result of long, hard work done by the Day of the Girl-US Action Team. Utilize this year’s Day of the Girl by becoming involved with one of these projects!
Day of the Girl-US is an 100% youth-led movement for gender justice and youth rights committed to promoting the International Day of the Girl Child as a platform for change in the United States. In charge of this movement is the Day of the Girl-US Action Team, a group of young female-identifying activists who are passionate about gender justice and youth activism.