Day of the Girl Summit News and Updates

July Month of Action: See Jane

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“If she can see it, she can be it,” said Geena Davis. We agree. This July, let’s take action, in partnership the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media: #SeeJane #IDG2014 #11MonthsofAction.

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Why? From 2006 to 2009, not one female character was depicted in G-rated family films in the field of medical science, as a business leader, in law, or politics. In these films, 80.5% of all working characters are male and 19.5% are female, which is a contrast to real world statistics, where women comprise 50% of the workforce.

So all month long, join in the discussion. Take action. We will share statistics, research, and findings that all point to the same action for us all to take: Help girls see it. When they see it, they can be it.

When girls see other girls like themselves doing aspirational things, they see themselves able to do those same things. Together, we can help girls see it, so they can be it. 

Let’s get started! Take action today and join us! Use #SeeJane, #11MonthsofAction and #IDG2014 in your social media answers! Here are 5 ways you can take action with us this July:

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1. What inspired you to pursue your work?

2. How do you inspire  girls in your life?

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3. Share with us movies, TV shows, books or other entertainment that inspire girls!

4. Answer this: when girls rarely play the heroine or main character in a movie, do you think it makes an impact?

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5. Plan to join us for the “See Jane” Twitter Chat on July 11 at 2pm Eastern. We’ll be talking about even more ways for you to take action this month. AND we’ll give away prizes!

For a truly genius way of keeping up on gender in media news, sign up for the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in the Media SmartBrief, right here:

Thank you, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in the Media, for this important July Month of Action! We stand with you! Together, we can change the world!

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2nd Annual Girls Speak Out: Call for Submissions

Speak OutATTENTION: Girls of the World – we need YOU to celebrate the International Day of the Girl!

Tell us your story for this year’s 2nd Annual IDG Girls Speak Out at the United Nations in New York City! Reflect on a specific moment in your life when you thought to yourself, “THIS is what it means to be a girl!” It could be a brave act, a moment of connection, a time when you overcame an obstacle, a life turning point, a best friend adventure, or a silly celebration.

Then send it to us! We are looking for original stories, poems, artwork, videos, photos, songs, or declarations about what it means to be a girl where you live!

We need YOU to celebrate the International Day of the Girl (IDG 2014) 2nd Annual Girls Speak Out at the United Nations.

 Hands UpWe will select a diverse collection of bold, sensitive, funny, powerful, everyday stories of girls’ lives to be performed LIVE by girls during at the United Nations in New York City on Friday, October 10th.

And get this! We will also feature a select collection of stories on the IDG Summit site for the entire month of October in celebration of IDG 2014! www.DayoftheGirlSummit.org

IDG 2014 is our day to celebrate girls everywhere – to celebrate our power, our voices and our unique place in today’s world. Help us showcase the creative and collective voice of girls. The leaders of today need to hear from you. Submit your story and help us make this year’s Girls Speak Out herstorical!

SPARK at IDG 2013To submit your work, you must:

  1. Be a girl (or group of girls) 18 years of age or younger.
  2. Answer the question: what does it mean to be a girl where you live?
  3. Tell us your story. Send your original work to: info@dayofthegirlsummit.org with your name, age, country and contact information by Friday, August 1st

Length requirements for submissions:

  • Short stories (maximum 500 words) and poems (maximum 250 words)
  • Art or Photos: send a picture with a short 50 – 100 word description
  • Video or music (maximum length of 3 minutes)

 

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Voices to End Child Marriage

GNB_US Partnership_HorizontalThroughout the month of June, the IDG Summit Team joins Girls Not Brides USA in the fight to end child marriage.

Every day, approximately 37,000 girls under the age of 18 get married. Most of these girls have little or no say in the matter. They are robbed of their youth, their education, their health, and their futures.

Join #Lead4Girls today and tell Secretary Kerry to give all girls a choice, and a chance, for a real future.

Here’s what you can do:Selfie Project Photo 3

  1. Tweet @JohnKerry using the sample messages below or create your own messages urging the Secretary of State to #Lead4Girls and #EndChildMarriage for #IDG2014.
  1. Create a selfie with the message “@JohnKerry Please work to #EndChildMarriage and #Lead4Girls!” and post it to your facebook, tumblr, instagram and twitter accounts.

Sample Tweets:

Girls deserve choices, not forced marriages! @JohnKerry  #Lead4Girls 2 #endchildmarriage so girls worldwide have same chances I do! #IDG2014

.@JohnKerry: Help #endchildmarriage by 2030! Commit the U.S. to #Lead4Girls! #11MonthsofAction http://bit.ly/1k1kl4f

.@JohnKerry: Don’t girls around the world deserve the same opportunities as me? Let’s #lead4girls 2 #endchildmarriage #11monthsofaction

Selfie Project Photo 1Pls RT-> Girls like me should be students, not brides! @JohnKerry: support girls’ education to #endchildmarriage #lead4girls #IDG2014

.@JohnKerry Help girls fulfill their dreams! Let girls be girls, not brides. #endchildmarriage #lead4girls #IDG2014

All girls deserve a chance at a real future. @JohnKerry: It’s time to show the world the U.S. can #lead4girls & #endchildmarriage! #IDG2014

Child marriage is a violation of girls’ rights & takes away our choices & opportunities; Pls #Lead4Girls & work 2 #endchildmarriage #IDG2014

14M girls r married every year b4 age 18. Girls like me deserve a life they choose. @JohnKerry #endchildmarriage. #lead4girls #IDG2014

.@JohnKerry: Each girl is a universe of potential. Give us choices, opportunities & a chance at a real future. #endchildmarriage #lead4girls

Want to learn more? Visit these websites and tell your friends, family and classmates what you have learned:

 

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Lead4Girls Twitter Chat: Wednesday, June 11th 8PM

InfographicChild marriage is a global problem that requires a global solution. That’s why as part of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA), the U.S. Congress directed the State Department to take action to end child marriage around the world.

Now the Girls Not Brides USA coalition and the #Lead4Girls campaign is calling on Secretary of State John Kerry and the U.S. government to turn rhetoric into action.

Please join #Lead4Girls today and tell Secretary Kerry to give all girls a choice, and a chance, for a real future.

Join the Twitter Chat on Wednesday, June 11th at 8PM EST with @GirlsNotBrides and @DayoftheGirlSummit to learn more about how you can take action to #endchildmarriage.

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June’s Month of Action: End Child Marriage

imageDuring the month of June, the IDG Summit Team joins Girls Not Brides USA in the fight to end child marriage.

Every day, approximately 37,000 girls under the age of 18 get married. Most of these girls have little or no say in the matter. They are robbed of their youth, their education, their health, and their futures.

Child marriage is a global problem that requires a global solution. That’s why as part of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA), the U.S. Congress directed the State Department to take action to end child marriage around the world.

Now the Girls Not Brides USA coalition and the #Lead4Girls campaign is calling on Secretary of State John Kerry and the U.S. government to turn rhetoric into action.

Please join #Lead4Girls today and tell Secretary Kerry to give all girls a choice, and a chance, for a real future.

Here’s what you can do:

  1. Selfie Project Photo 1Tweet @JohnKerry using the sample messages below or create your own messages urging the Secretary of State to #Lead4Girls and #EndChildMarriage for #IDG2014.
  1. Create a selfie with the message “@JohnKerry Please work to #EndChildMarriage and #Lead4Girls!” and post it to your facebook, tumblr, instagram and twitter accounts.
  1. Join a Twitter chat on June 11 at 8pm EST!

Sample Tweets:

Girls deserve choices, not forced marriages! @JohnKerry  #Lead4Girls 2 #endchildmarriage so girls worldwide have same chances I do! #IDG2014

.@JohnKerry: Help #endchildmarriage by 2030! Commit the U.S. to #Lead4Girls! #11MonthsofActionhttp://bit.ly/1k1kl4f

.@JohnKerry: Don’t girls around the world deserve the same opportunities as your daughters? Let’s #lead4girls 2 #endchildmarriage #IDG2014

.@JohnKerry: Don’t girls around the world deserve the same opportunities as me? Let’s #lead4girls 2 #endchildmarriage #11monthsofaction

Pls RT-> Girls like me should be students, not brides! @JohnKerry: support girls’ education to #endchildmarriage #lead4girls #IDG2014

.@JohnKerry Help girls fulfill their dreams! Let girls be girls, not brides. #endchildmarriage #lead4girls #IDG2014

All girls deserve a chance at a real future. @JohnKerry: It’s time to show the world the U.S. can #lead4girls & #endchildmarriage! #IDG2014

Pls RT-> Girls like me should be students, not brides! @JohnKerry: support girls’ education to #endchildmarriage #lead4girls #IDG2014

Child marriage is a violation of girls’ rights & takes away our choices & opportunities; Pls #Lead4Girls & work 2 #endchildmarriage #IDG2014

14M girls r married every year b4 age 18. Girls like me deserve a life they choose. @JohnKerry #endchildmarriage. #lead4girls #IDG2014

.@JohnKerry: Each girl is a universe of potential. Give us choices, opportunities & a chance at a real future. #endchildmarriage #lead4girls

Want to learn more? Visit these websites and tell your friends, family and classmates what you have learned: 

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Thank You REALgirl

RG_Programs_LogoSpecial shout out to REALgirl Program for the IDG Summit Month of Action on ending mean girl behavior. We learned so much about how to end bullying and support one another. Thanks for teaching us how to be friends and allies, not enemies.

If you missed the conversation or have something to share, join the conversation using the hashtags #realgirlsunite and #alliesnotenemies.

FB: www.facebook.com/realgirlprograms and www.facebook.com/DayoftheGirlSummit

Twitter: @REALgirlEmpower @IDG2014

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How to Deal with Bullying: Tip #3

REALgirl® Tips to Deal with MEANgirls & Bullies

Slideshow-1Tip #3 – Commit to and uphold the REALgirl® Pledge of Sisterhood. One of the main causes of MEANgirl behavior is the misguided belief that girls and women need to be in competition with one another. In order to stop MEANgirl behavior, girls must start recognizing one another as allies, not enemies. You can do your part by committing to and upholding the following pledge:

“I pledge to treat others and myself as I wish to be treated, to support other girls in being their best selves and to speak up whenever I see MEANgirl behavior.”

Did you take the REALgirl Pledge? Tell us why YOU think it is important to end mean girl behavior. Join the conversation!

Twitter: @REALgirlEmpower and @IDG2014
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How to Deal with Bullying: Tip #2

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REALgirl® Tips to Deal with MEANgirls & Bullies

Tip #2 – Use your voice. Using your voice to stand up for yourself is very empowering. Here are 3 ways to use your voice when dealing with MEANgirls and bullies.

Speak up for yourself: Imagine someone walks up to you, says “Come on, let’s dance,” and starts dancing. You use your voice to clearly tell them that you will not be dancing with them and stand perfectly still. They may continue to dance for a minute or so, but soon they’ll leave to try to find someone else to dance with.

The same is often true for bullying or MEANgirl behavior. The bully is trying to engage you, to get a reaction from you. If you don’t give her or him that reaction, they will stop trying to engage you. With the right words, you can send a clear message that you are not going to engage with the bully or give up your power. If you think about what you would say in a bullying situation before it happens, it will be easier to find the strength to say it in a clear and assertive voice when it does happen. Decide what words will best help you to hold on to your power. Some examples are:

 “Nope. Not doing this.”

“I don’t care what you think.”

“Your words can’t hurt me.”

“I don’t let people treat me like this.”

Tell a trusted adult: Talk to a parent, teacher, counselor, coach, or any trusted adult about the situation even if you don’t want them to intervene. It’s good to have an adult who knows about the situation that you can talk to, and can help you if you need them to. If you aren’t looking for an adult to intervene, make sure you clearly communicate your wishes to the adult and you choose the adult you tell wisely.

Speak up for others: When someone outside of the situation speaks up for the person being bullied, the bully is automatically put on the defensive instead of the offensive. Now she or he must justify why they are bullying someone, and there is never a good answer. Speaking up for someone else not only helps the person who is bullied regain her sense of power; it also shows the bully that their behavior is not ‘cool’ or acceptable to their peers, and it will help you feel empowered because you had the strength to speak up for what you knew was right.

Tell us what YOU have done to change mean girl behavior in your school. Join the conversation and don’t forget to use the hashtags #realgirlsunite #alliesnotenemies
Twitter: @REALgirlEmpower and @IDG2014

 

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How to Deal with Bullying: Tip #1

The IDG Summit team is proud to partner with REALgirl Programs to change mean girl behavior.  Together, we can change the world for girls!

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Tip #1 – Remember: It’s not about YOU. Remember the reason the MEANgirl or bully is doing what she or he is doing. It’s never really about you. Anything they are saying or doing is a reflection of how they feel about themselves. This doesn’t make their behavior acceptable but holding on to this thought will help you hold on to your power and avoid being convinced that there is something wrong with you.

Tell us what you have done to end bullying in your school. Don’t forget to use the hashtags #realgirlsunite #alliesnotenemies

Twitter: @REALgirlEmpower and @IDG2014
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What is Bullying?

For our May Month of Action, let’s work together to put an end to bullying.

Bullying Behavior

bully_girls_high_resBullying is intentionally mean behavior, repeated over time that involves an imbalance of power. It may be physical, verbal (spreading rumors, calling names), relational (exclusion, turning other friends against you, refusing to talk to you) or carried out via technology (cyberbullying). Bullying has been linked to:

  • Depression
  • Behavior problems
  • Difficulties in academic performance
  • Low self-esteem
  • Poor social skills
  • Lack of close peer relationships
  • Low school engagement
  • Undermined feelings of competence

Bullying hurts us all. But we can do something to change it.

Step 1: Make a commitment to do your part to stop bullying at your school.

Step 2: Tell us what you’ve done to prevent bullying. Share your tips with the hashtags #realgirlsunite and #alliesnotenemies

Step 3: Join the conversation on FB and Twitter.

FB: www.facebook.com/realgirlprograms / Twitter: @REALgirlEmpower @IDG2014

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