The Proclamation Project

In 2012 and 2013, Day of the Girl activists around the country mobilized to make our dream a reality. Girls lobbied their government officials to make October 11th a locally recognized "Day of the Girl." Hundreds of counties across the country issued declarations after young activists utilized our Proclamation Project toolkit to aid them in their advocacy. It was this level of pressure that lead to President Barack Obama proclaiming Day of the Girl in 2013 - a huge accomplishment that is credited to every young activist who took part in the Proclamation Project.

After years of advocating, we were lucky enough to finally receive a Presidential Proclamation from President Barack Obama in 2013! Thanks to grassroots, female-led youth organizing around the country, we got a national result. On to the next great adventure!

Testimony from participants:

After officially making October 11 the Day of the Girl, I feel very accomplished and filled with pride because it took a lot of teamwork to make this big change. I never thought I would ever talk to important people like elected officials. At first I was nervous but then I got used to it. Now I know how to get my point across and how to act business like. - Marisa, 13

The people I contacted and worked with in the various city councils and county boards were very kind and help- ful, and sometimes even emailed me back to note their appreciation for my work. It was incredible to learn that adult leaders in the community were honestly grateful for and encouraged youth initiative...Sure, there were council members who did not consider women’s rights as part of their agendas, but the fact that my work [getting Day of the Girl proclamation] was able to affect their plans was truly inspirational. - Karen, 17

We as young girls are now coming together to make the issues that we face known. Movements like Day Of The Girl bring together a generation. - Amanda, 18

The Proclamation Project in the news:

November 8, 2012 - Oct. 11 is Day of the Girl here and in Flagstaff by Maxine Goodman (Arizona Daily Star)
October 26, 2012 - Brooklyn Girls Celebrate United Nations' Day of the Girl by Nadine Dillon (New Visions for Public Schools)
October 12, 2012 - Brooklyn students run with U.N. charge to honor young women by Christine Streich (Chalkbeat)
October 12, 2012 - OP-ED: International Day of the Girl by David Lim (San Mateo Daily Journal
October 11, 2012 - Hey D.C.! Celebrate The International Day Of The Girl Tonight! by Amy Bucknam (Bust)
October 10, 2012 - Seattle Salutes Girls for "Day of the Girl" by Kendra Kelly (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)
October 9, 2012 - Seattle's First Day of the Girl by Shannon Blaisdell (Lake Washington Girls Middle School)
October 8, 2013 - INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD, OCTOBER 11TH (Casady Community Service-Learning Blog
October 7, 2012 - Maryland Women’s Heritage Center to Host First International Day of the Girl Celebration by Wendy Lesko (Maryland Women's Heritage Center)
October 3, 2012 - Our Community Heroes by Mayor Pam Frisella (City of Foster City)

Check out the toolkit we published to support young female activists across the country!


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