By: Joanne C.
Everywhere you look it’s happening! Every day we learn about events being planned for the first ever International Day of the Girl.
- A youth event organized by Plan USA at the United Nations is taking shape.
- A preview of the compelling feature film (www.10x10act.org) about 10 girls in 10 countries will shown at the UN.
- UNFPA will hold an exhibition in New York Stephanie Sinclair’s photos depicting the horrors of young girls forced to marry. Members of Girls Not Brides in the US and in more than 30 countries will carry out activities about the devastating impact of child marriage. Child marriage affects millions of girls; one in seven girls worldwide becomes a child bride.
- The Young Women’s Leadership School in Brooklyn with poet/writer Azure Antoinette and She’s The First are organizing the XX Summit, an international, virtual conference on 10.11.12, broadcast from the Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria in NYC!
In other cities across the country, the variety of celebrations is awesome!
- Aurora Community College in Denver is opening its doors to girls to dive into interactive sessions related to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).
- Cool Girls in Atlanta definitely is going to make 10.11.12 a day to remember.
- Global Equality Now! is a game show just created by one of our School Girls Unite chapters that hopes to distribute its DVD to other middle schools across the country.
- Change the World Clubs at the online tween hangout, iTwixie, are pursuing local Day of the Girl Proclamations.
And, we want to make sure you heard that Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley just approved every word of the proclamation drafted by our School Girls Unite team in Howard County. This represents the first Day of the Girl state proclamation!!
An official government declaration can elevate attention paid to your Day of the Girl activities. Equally important, girls themselves are the ones directing this process and deciding what issues to highlight in their proclamation that will build a foundation for this first and future annual girls’ rights day. In the words of Marisa S, a rising 9th grader with School Girls Unite: “The Day of the Girl is important because girls will be recognized as powerful and important!”
We’re eager and ready to help any individual, mother-daughter or dad-daughter duo, team, organization or coalition pursue local or state proclamations. Take a look at the 3-minute videoproduced by Girls for a Change showing how easy it is to get started.
Please take a few seconds right now to register to let us know how you plan to celebrate the Day of the Girl. Even if you haven’t decided what you’ll be doing yet, you can update the information anytime. Your participation in the movement is vital and together we can make sure 10.11.12 gets the recognition it deserves!