Proclamation for Howard County, Maryland

By: Nikki W.

The following proclamation was written by 7th and 8th grade girls and submitted to the county executive and county council of Howard County, Maryland. This is a great example of the kind of local-specific information you can use to appeal to officials where you live.

Howard County, Maryland Joint Proclamation

Whereas… It is a tragedy that girls worldwide face many injustices such as  discrimination, gender stereotypes, child marriage, lack of education, sex trafficking, and other gender-based violence; and

Whereas… Gender equality and universal primary education are among the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals supported by 189 countries, including the United States; and

Whereas… Howard County, Maryland has historically been a leader in commitment to education, human rights and a quality of life for all citizens; and

Whereas… It is fitting that the Howard County Government join School Girls Unite and other
local and state organizations to advocate for equality for girls, domestically and internationally by endorsing Day of the Girl; and

Whereas… Celebrating all girls’ potential and speaking out against gender-based injustices will encourage girls to follow their dreams and to discourage gender discrimination.

Now therefore,

The Howard County Executive and the Howard County Council, do hereby proclaim

September 22, 2011

The Day of the Girl

In Howard County, Maryland

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