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Help Girls Takeover the United Nations!

Imagine: The year is 2065 and girls hold all leadership positions at the United Nations. More than half of the governmental positions in countries around the world are held by girls. Girls’ rights are honored, respected and the global economy is booming. Why? How did this happen? What was the event that changed everything?

How did you, your parents, teachers, friends, and siblings help make this happen? What did community leaders, government officials, the UN and YOU do RIGHT NOW, in 2015 to improve our world for girls?

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You can help us make IDG 2015 the greatest celebration of girls, girl power, and the unique roles girls play in our world.

We invite all girls ages 18 or younger to send creative writing or artwork to help shape the 2015 Girls Speak Out!

 

Here’s How:

1. STEP ONE: SelecAnita at SPK Outt an issue that really matters to you and that impacts girls in your community. Then imagine that in the year 2065 this issue has been resolved. How did this happen? Use the template below to tell us in detail what you or members of your community did (or could do) to solve this issue!

  • Share: Tell a specific story about this issue and how it has impacted the life of a girl (or girls) in your community. What is the issue that girls face today that needs to be stopped?
  • Start: What can your friends/community/family/government START doing to support, celebrate and prioritize girls to end this problem?
  • Continue: What are good things that girls like you are doing to help each other? What are some actions that your friends/community/family/government are already taking to support girls that you think should continue?
  • Why: Tell us why you selected this issue and why you believe your solutions will work.

2. STEP TWO: Send us your responses with a completed IDG Consent Form 2015 by Friday, July 31st! Please make sure your submission fits one of the following formats: speeches, monologues, poems (maximum 250 words), video (maximum length of 2 minutes), pictures (jpeg files of at least 500 x 500 pixels). Email your submission and consent form to: IDGsubmissions@gmail.com with your name, age, country and contact information!

And get this, EVERYONE who participates will get a special shout out , right here, at www.DayoftheGirlSummit.orgTogether, we can change the world! #IDG2015

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Vote for the T-Shirt Color for IDG 2015

What color do YOU think the t-shirts for IDG 2015 should be? Tell us or vote right here! Or send your vote on Twitter to @IDGSummit2015!

SPARK at IDG 2013Should it be #RED, #ORANGE, #YELLOW, #NAVY We want to hear from you! IDG 2015 is only 3 months away. It’s time to raise our voices, girls, and get ready for the most amazing International Day of the Girl, EVER!

 

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Watch Chandni on Indian-American Girl Culture, Stereotype and Stigma

Watch Chandni’s speech, as she delivered it at the United Nations on the International Day of the Girl Girls Speak Out on October 10, 2014. Do you relate to her point of view? Why? Why not? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Get Your Tickets Today for March 12 Celebration in NYC

unnamed-2Join the Working Group on Girls in celebrating their 20th anniversary of advancing Girls’ Rights on March 12th in NYC!

You can be part of this historical celebration. Just order your tickets by March 6!

Cheers to our friends at the Working Group on Girls! YOU ROCK!

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Help Shape the Gender Equality Roadmap

TTogether, We Can Change the Worldwenty years ago this September, the United Nations convened its fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China.

They produced what is called The Beijing Platform for Action and identified twelve strategic areas for the empowerment of women and girls.

SInce 1995, the Beijing Platform for Action has served as the gender equality roadmap for governments and communities around the world – but a lot can happen in twenty-years!

Our friends at the Working Group on Girls designed the girls’ survey to gather feedback on what the world looks like for girls 20 years after the Beijing Conference. Girls, ages 13-18, can take the survey in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, or Arabic. It takes about 5 minutes to complete, but will help shape the global movement for girls’ rights.

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IDG Summit is a dynamic virtual platform that brings thousands of girls and girl-serving organizations together to celebrate the International Day of the Girl.

 

 

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Join iTwixie’s Girls Can Change the World Club

Ok, girls! Here’s what we’re working on in the Girls Can Change the World Club on iTwixie! TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD!

We learned from the Day of the Girl Summit community that there is a challenge facing girls that we know we can change. Now. Period. 

THE CHALLENGE
There are girls in other parts of the world who have to STAY HOME FROM SCHOOL when they have THEIR PERIOD because of SHAME, BULLYING and NO SANITARY SUPPLIES. Girls STAY HOME! Once a month! Because of their PERIOD! Are you saying, how can this be? So did we!

THE FACTS ABOUT A GIRL’S PERIOD
1. A girl’s period is natural and is a beautiful part of growing up to maybe have children one day. All healthy girls get it. Period.

2. If no one teaches you that your period is natural, beautiful and something every girl gets, then you are not going to feel ready when it starts and you may feel shocked and worried about it. If someone teaches you that your period is natural, beautiful and something EVERY girl will experience, then you’ll feel better about it coming and you can get prepared for it. It’s that simple. Period.

3. if someone is allowed to make fun of a girl because of her period, then that community is going to suffer. Poking fun at a girl is never a good idea. But poking fun at a girl’s period, or menstruation, is not just bad for the girl, it’s bad for the family, class, the town, the city, and it’s bad for our whole world. Know why? Because the future of our whole world depends upon all of us helping our girls understand their bodies, stay healthy, be smart and bold and brave so they can grow up and help our world become a better place. This, girls, is a fact. Period.

WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?
In many parts of the world, there are a lot of different things you can buy to make sure nothing happens to your clothing during your period. We often call them sanitary supplies. But in some parts of the world, girls cannot buy these kinds of supplies. Do you know why? Because in those parts of the world, there is a shame that’s associated with menstruation. It’s considered a “private” thing. Girls hide when it happens. Or sometimes, there’s just nothing for them to wear to keep their monthly menstruation from showing on their clothing. Doesn’t this sound impossible? But it’s true! That’s why girls will stay home from school during their period. Girls can miss so much of school that sometimes they DROP OUT! And if they go to school, they get bullied by boys and others if their menstruation shows on their clothing. It’s a ridiculous situation because our periods are NATURAL! Our periods are how our bodies get ready to have babies! So let’s get real here: NO ONE SHOULD BE BULLIED EVER, BUT ESPECIALLY FOR SOMETHING AS NATURAL AND BEAUTIFUL AS A GIRL’S BODY LEARNING HOW TO GET READY TO HAVE A BABY!!!!! There’s no shame in having our period!

WHAT IS YOUR PERIOD?
A girl starts getting her period, or menstruating, when she begins to go through adolescence. Some girls start as early as 10 or 11 and some girls don’t start until 16 or 17. It’s different for each girl. But the thing is, during adolescence, a girl can have her period, or menstruate, for about a week per month. During this time, her body will make the nutrients it needs to feed a baby. When the girl doesn’t need these nutrients, the body gets rid of them. It’s at this time, when the body gets rid of those nutrients, that we call it “your period.” The body sends those nutrients out via the vagina. So a girl’s undergarments can get completely covered if she’s not wearing something to absorb it.

WHAT WE CAN DO
Join the Girls Can Change the World Club!
 
So let’s support girls around the world to feel good about their bodies! Let’s help girls get prepared to have monthly periods! Let’s keep girls in school so they can be smart, bold and brave women in the world!

Let’s hear it! Say yes!

So, girls, are you ready to start changing the world?

Photo credit: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2014/oct/30/costly-periods-economic-impact-of-menstrual-shame

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CHARGE Promises Education to 14 Million Girls

unnamed-1Hillary Clinton, former U.S. Secretary of State and Julia Gillard, former Australian Prime Minister announced a new partnership to enhance global education for girls. This program, CHARGE, (the Collaborative for Harnessing Ambition and Resources for Girls Education) has procured $600 million dollars that will go towards the education of 14 million girls.

When discussing the upcoming role of CHARGE, Gillard told TIME magazine:

unnamed“I think across the world, as we talk about women in developing countries, there’s been increasing recognition that empowering women and girls is a key change agent for development…[recent history has] powerfully remind us that in some parts of the world, getting an education is still a very dangerous thing for a girl.” (Dockterman)

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With this in mind, CHARGE has set five goals to help girls with their education:

 

  1. To keep girls in school
  2. To ensure school safety and security
  3. To improve quality of learning for girls,
  4. To support transitions from and out of school and lastly,
  5. To support girls’ education as leaders and workers in developing countries.

With this program working to aid in the sustainable education for girls globally, the near future seems hopeful and prosperous.

 

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Healthy Menstruation, Healthy Bodies

Check out this great comic about the importance of menstruation education for girls globally. Thanks Her Turn for bringing us this great Month of Action! #PointPeriod

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Sanitation and Girls Education

November 19th is World Toilet Day! And our hosts at Her Turn for this Month of Action, share the details about why this day is important for girls around the world.

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