Day of the Girl Summit News and Updates

Stand With Girls this Giving Tuesday

Choose to support the Working Group on Girls, this #GivingTuesday and show how how you #StandWithGirls!
Girls’ Rights are Human Rights!


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Support WGG this Giving Tuesday

WGG Giving Tuesday Post
The Working Group on Girls invites you to
#JoinUs this #GivingTuesday

Show how you #StandWithGirls!
Girls’ Rights are Human Rights

Giving Tuesday, December 1, 2015!



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Get Your OWN IDG 2015 T-Shirt!

IDG Girls 2015International Day of the Girl 2015 was amazing! Celebrate all year round with your very own #IDG2015 t-shirt, which was worn by our Girl Performers as part of the #GirlsTakeOver at the United Nations!

Click here to purchase your own IDG 2015 t-shirt for $25.00 (includes shipping & handling within the USA only). Orders due by November 6th and shirts will ship the week of November 13th. IDG Shirt Back 2015

IDG 2015 shirts are available in sizes adult S – XL; every shirt is black with neon blue logo design.

Get your shirt TODAY!

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Why a Day for Girls?

Girls will tell you why!
We have much more work to do.

Let’s not stop now. Let’s keep up the momentum. The International Day of the Girl is not just one day. It’s a movement.

#SeeUs #HearUs #JoinUs.

You can donate now to our primary sponsor, The Working Group on Girls, and help us keep our movement growing. Together we can change the world.

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IDG Cape TownIn honor of the 4th annual International Day of the Girl, we are proud to share the various ways The Grail and other girls’ organizations throughout the world have celebrated this year’s International Day of the Girl.

Join us as we acknowledge what The Grail is doing for the advancement of girls rights WORLDWIDE!

  • Established in 1921, The Grail is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) committed to building a world of justice and peace through education and action and to standing in solidarity with those who struggle to overcome poverty.

In celebration for this year’s Day of the Girl, The Grail has planned its very own IDG celebrations in a variety of countries including Mexico, South Africa, Brazil, Portugal, Mozambique, Ecuador, Papua New Guinea and Australia.

From October 1-11th, The Grail will work alongside girl advocates and other girls’ rights organizations in the above countries to advance opportunities for girls, and increase awareness of inequality faced by girls worldwide based upon their gender.

IDG SACurrently, The Grail has launched an Open Day in public areas throughout Papua New Guinea to display issues affecting local girls; organized small workshop for girls with motivational talks on guidelines to access opportunities in South Africa; shared food and girl empowering exercises in Ecuador; and organized a school rally to raise public awareness of the different types of discrimination and abuse that many girls suffer from in Mozambique.

On behalf of the Working Group on Girls and everyone on the IDG Summit Team, we would like to extend our greatest appreciation to The Grail and other girls’ rights organizations that continuously work towards the global advancement of the International Day of the Girl agenda. Girls worldwide are one step closer to fairness and equality and we have the members of these organizations to thank.

Thank You.

Together we can change the world!

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Day of the Girl Webcast 2015

On behalf of girls around the world, Happy #IDG2015!
Raise your voice with ours today and every day. We are the International Day of the Girl! Get ready to be inspired by the 2015 International Day of the Girl Webcast:

Thank you to all of our sponsors, partners and all who seek to empower every girl. A special thank you to the Working Group on Girls, Day of the Girl Pittsburgh and all of the amazing contributors to this amazing Webcast. We hope you enjoy a Happy #IDG2015

Together, we are changing the world.

Happy #IDG2015

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#GirlsTakeOver for the 4th International Day of the Girl

12107823_10100755539629569_6521262437374119424_nIt was 3pm on an unsuspecting Friday afternoon when the girls invaded. They shoved their way past the guards, crawled through the entry, through the vent system, and landed smack dab in the middle of the Trusteeship Chamber of the United Nations. This was no childish stunt, however. These girls had a mission: to expand policy and get girls on the agenda. Girls from all over answered the call. Some showed up in person; others sent their voices.

This takeover was a celebration of the fourth annual International Day of the Girl. It was decided in 2011 by the General Assembly that October 11th would be a day of the girls, for the girls, and by the girls; a day to recognize girls’ rights along with the unique challenges that they face around the world.

Voices from girls worldwide were represented at “the takeover.” Akila from Egypt told us about her mother, who married her father when she was 14 and got pregnant at 16. Valentina from Colombia told her story of the domestic violence she witnessed in her own home. Gillian from the United States opened up about her experience as a pregnant teen, who was kicked out of the house. Aria from Brazil told about her experience with sexual harassment during the World Cup. Camilla of Nicaragua told us how she only got an education up until 5th grade while her brothers continued their education long after that. Maya shed some light on the issue of Female Genital Mutilation, which she had to undergo at the age of 5.

12079271_10100755259036879_1870502029304861052_nThere were some pretty important people who got on board with this mission as well. H.E. Mogens Lykketoft, President of the General Assembly, showed his support virtually over the big screen. Ambassador Guillermo E. Rishchynski of Canada, a key influence in putting IDG on the calendar, passionately preached about the importance of educating a girl. Marta Santos Pais, SRSG on Violence Against Children, noted how child marriage was “anachronistic” and should not be an issue of today. Ambassador Gustavo Meza-Cuadra Velasquez said he was awed by the courage of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, and he encouraged us all to follow her footsteps and speak out for this cause.

The event was a huge success. It reaffirmed the role that girls play in global politics. It captured the unique stories of girls from all around the world. It empowered attendees to join the movement and take action.

Written by: Rachel Blau, Girls Learn International

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Girls Speak Out is FULL!

On behalf of the Working Group on Girls and everyone on the IDG Summit Team, we want to thank you all for your enthusiastic response to this year’s Girls Speak Out Registration announcement! We have a FULL HOUSE registered for this year’s Girls Takeover and cannot wait to see so many of you on October 9th! And there’s MORE:

REMEMBER: You can watch the Girls Speak Out LIVE, right here, on October 9th from 3-6pm! So be sure to #JoinUs!

YOU CAN TAKE ACTION WITH US: October 1 kicks off #11DaysofAction! Each day there will be a new set of actions for ALL OF US to take. So please be sure to check in every day and add YOUR VOICE to OURS! Together we can change the world! #SeeUs #HearUs #JoinUs

Throwback to IDG 2014! Check out some highlights from the 2014 Girls Speak Out:


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The 2015 Girls Speak Out is FULL

The IDG Summit Team is delighted to announce that registration for the 2015 Girls Speak Out at the United Nations is officially FULL!

The 3rd Annual Girl Speak Out is full, but don’t worry, you can still catch every minute, right here, LIVE on October 11th from 3-6pm.

If you did register, remember,  each person planning to attend must have been registered: that means each person needs to provide their first and last name and age, in accordance with United Nations Security. And also, every attendee will be required to show photo identification on the day of the event. So be sure to register each member of your group — whether it be a group of 2 or 20!

This year, it’s a Girls Takeover! #SeeUs #HearUs #JoinUs
Thank you, Working Group on Girls, for bringing us this amazing, powerful and very important event. Together, we can change the world.


Thank you for your interest in attending the 2015 Girls Speak Out at the United Nations. Due to the overwhelming and enthusiastic response, we have reached our attendance limit! Please stay tuned for updates regarding additional ways to attend, participate and get involved in the 2015 Girls Speak Out and IDG Summit. Thank you!

Don’t forget, the Girls Speak Out will be streamed LIVE right here on October 9th! So even if you cannot be with us at the United Nations, you can still #JoinUs!

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Throwback to IDG 2014

Watch and tell us, why do you think we need a Day for Girls?

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